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A Disruptive Approach to Recording Education: Established in 1989 by former San Jose DJ and broadcasting school instructor Jimi Petulla, the Recording Connection is one of four distinct schools under the banner of The Recording, Radio, Film and (most recently launched) Culinary Connection. Colorfully described by Chief Academic Officer/COO Brian Kraft as “fundamentally disruptive of the status quo of music and recording education,” The Recording Connection has become known as an industry leader in the revolutionary mentor-apprentice (extern) training approach—matching students with pro mentors in their specific regions. The program pairs students with a working music producer or audio engineer, combining a structured-yet-flexible curriculum with plenty of hands-on training. By learning on-the-job, students not only learn to record, produce and mix from working pros, but also learn the inner workings of the industry and make valuable connections that can help them establish their careers.


An Inspiring Placement Success Rate: Petulla, Kraft and their team have found that the mentor-apprentice approach is far more effective than traditional, theoretical instruction alone in helping students secure jobs in fields and industries that are competitive. It’s the only school offering private access to leaders who have crafted recordings for everyone from U2 and Frank Sinatra to Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé and Michael Jackson. A Three-Layer Admission Process and Affordable Tuition: The Recording Connection engages each applicant in a three-tier admission process, capped with a meeting with a professional producer or engineer who has final approval. Partnering with hundreds of pro producers and engineers, many of whom have worked with some of the biggest artists in the business, the program has placed more than 11,000 students as working apprentices in studios throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. Mindful of the extraordinary costs of traditional music schools and liberal arts colleges, The Recording Connection prides itself on tuition that averages 75% less than other programs. Says Kraft, “The future of education is happening now, learning one-on-one inside a real recording studio for 75% less tuition, and as a hands-on apprentice.” JAKE KIYOKANE

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Nick Mundth

Mike DePippa

Full Compass Systems has promoted Nick Mundth to Web Population Lead and QC Specialist. His knowledge in the musical instrument, musical recording and professional audio industry will continue to aid the company in the promotions of its product offerings and listings online. As part of his duties, Mundth will handle all training and quality control for both the Web Population and Video Production teams. Prior to joining Full Compass, he worked in sales at a Madison, WI Guitar Center location. He studied at Winona State University, where he earned a BA in Music Liberal Arts then went on to get his AAS in Recording Technology at McNally Smith College of Music. For more information, contact

Republic Records has welcomed Mike DePippa as Senior Vice President Promotion & Artist Development, Rock Formats. Following 11 years at Sony Music where he most recently held the title of VP of Rock & Alternative Promotion, DePippa joins the label’s New York team. He will spearhead promotion and development for Rock, Alternative and AAA formats, working on releases from artists such as Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath, Florence + The Machine, Of Monsters And Men, James Bay and more, as well as releases from marquee Island Records artists such as Fall Out Boy, The Killers, Brandon Flowers, Incubus and more. For more information on this appointment, contact

James Pennebaker

Patrick West

Fishman has appointed James Pennebaker to represent the company in Nashville. In his new role, Pennebaker will represent Fishman and its products as part of the company’s expanded presence in the city. Starting his professional career on the road with Delbert McClinton at age 19, he has toured and recorded with Lee Roy Parnell, Pam Tillis, T. Graham Brown, John Fogerty and other leading artists over the years. When not on the road, Pennebaker worked with International Music Co., in Fort Worth, TX, as Director of Fretted Instrument Manufacturing for the Hondo, Jackson and Charvel guitar brands. He went on to the Fender Musical Instrument Corp. as Manager of Artist Relations in 2007. Contact

BMG-Hudson Sales & Marketing has appointed Patrick West to Account Manager for the A/V, system integration and theater market sectors. West will concentrate his efforts on expanding and strengthening relationships with consultants, live and installed sound engineers, Broadway consultants and A/V integrators. Throughout his career, he has garnered experience as frontof-house engineer, monitor engineer, recording engineer, system tech, operations director, musician and more. He recently returned to New York City after working with a northern Michigan-based sound company, Sound Environments, where he was Director of Audio & Operations Manager. For additional information, contact

Brian Holdcroft

Bill Gaden

ole has appointed Brian Holdcroft to the new role of Vice President of Acquisitions. Holdcroft, a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), is a Mergers and Acquisitions professional with nearly two decades of relevant experience, last serving as Director of Finance— Acquisitions & Projects at the CBI Health Group where he oversaw over 40 acquisitions that contributed to more than tripling the size of the company. ole welcomes Holdcroft’s experience to this new leadership role within ole’s acquisitions team, which has already concluded more than $450 million in acquisitions. Holdcroft will be based in ole’s Toronto office reporting directly to Ed Killin, EVP Acquisitions. For more, contact

Imagem Music has promoted former COO Bill Gaden to CEO. Gaden began his career after graduating from Harvard Business School in 1989, bringing over two decades of wisdom and experience to his new position. Between living in New York and London, his career includes executive positions at Arista Records, BMG Records, BBC Worldwide, Simon & Schuster and The Estate of Leonard Bernstein. In 2009, Imagem acquired Rodgers & Hammerstein where he served as General Manager. He made a transition to COO, becoming a crucial asset to the newly formed U.S. entity that has made signings ranging from the catalogs of Elvis Presley to Mark Ronson and Daft Punk. Contact

Nikki Law

Matt Dezynski

Metal Blade Records has hired Nikki Law as Director of Publicity. Upon completing her BA in Literary Journalism at University of California, Irvine, Law interned at Century Media Records in 2010 while attending UCLA for Paralegal training. Later in 2011, she was hired at Century Media as a Tour Publicist. After four months of coordinating regional press for the label’s roster, she became a full-time Publicist and spearheaded media campaigns for premier metal groups. In June 2013, she was promoted to Product Manager/Publicist, handling publicity duties in addition to overseeing various departments within the company for her artists. For additional information on this appointment, contact

Schecter Guitar Research has added Matt “Chewy” Dezynski to the Schecter Custom Shop. Dezynski brings 18 years of experience as the lead painter at Washburn Guitars, where he designed custom finishes and graphics for renowned guitarists Dimebag Darrell, Scott Ian, Paul Stanley, Ola Englund and current Schecter signature artist Dan Donegan. For his new position, he brings custom and production painting expertise, and is well versed in all aspects of modern paint and finishing processes. Dezynski possesses unmatched experience in working with high-profile artists and associated custom projects. For additional information on this appointment, contact hans@

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JBL PROFESSIONAL EON600 SERIES PORTABLE MONITORS The JBL Pro EON600 Series of portable and self-powered two-way monitors use waveguide technology originally developed for their high-end studio monitors. There are three sizes: EON610, EON612 and EON615. I tested the EON615 15-inch 2-way loudspeaker with 1,000 watts of power and found it to have tremendous headroom delivering loud and clean sound (max SPL of 127dB). The EON615 weighs 39-pounds with a case made of black polypropylene; it’s fitted with a 35-mm (mounting) pole socket, three M10 rigging points and four handles. The EON615’s performance comes from its waveguide design that solves the inherent “beaming” of conventional speaker systems. Special fluting formed into the cabinet structure guides frequencies throughout a 90-degree horizontal pattern for uniform coverage and high intelligibility. JBL engineers developed an iOS and Android app that pairs with the Bluetooth Smart Ready 4.0 in the EON615 for controlling master volume, adjusting a 5-band parametric EQ with the ability to save and recall user presets. I used the rear panel controls to set the EQ preset according to placement—Main, Monitor, Sub or Speech speaker. There is a built-in preset Limiter to protect the drivers and two switchable mic/line inputs using two Neutrik Combo jacks. The JBL EON615 sells for $499 MSRP each.

F-PEDALS EDDIE KRAMER SERIES Started in 2011 by artist Francesco Sondelli and producer/engineer Eddie Kramer, F-Pedals are a new line of compact guitar effects pedals that are offered in two versions: conventional 9-volt battery or with their F-Power™ system. Each F-Power pedal uses an imbedded induction coil to receive power wirelessly from the F-Board™ (sold separately). I received the first two models in the line: Phazevibe and Edstortion. Made in Italy in die-cast aluminum boxes, they both feature Level and Tone controls and three switchable operating modes via the Mod switch. Phazevibe is a phaser pedal with a large, main control knob for adjusting speed. The three Mod positions enable: classic phaser sounds, a rotary speaker effect, auto-wah-wah, and also a Univibe™ sound that gets more intense as speed increases. Edstortion has a wide range of tonalities from heavily compressed distortion to subtle crunch by combining different settings of the main knob and the three modes. Both are great sounding, solid pedals that have good pick response, good dynamic range and super quiet operation. F-Pedals range from $129 up to $199 MSRP for the Phazevibe with F-Power.

EASTWEST PRODRUMMER VOL. 1 & 2 ProDrummer™ Volumes 1 & 2 are the new additions to EastWest’s subscription service called Composer Cloud. Composer Cloud provides access to over 9,000 different instruments that run on EW’s Play engine—either standalone or as a plug-in in DAWs. ProDrummer Vol. 1 & 2 are drum virtual instruments that contain everything you need to create realistic (or hyper-realistic) drum tracks. These are recorded drum sounds that use a 16-channel mixer with kit collections produced and mixed by top recording and mix engineers. The drums performances are by top drummers and include MIDI drum grooves. I downloaded both Vol. 1 and 2 to my sample drive—adding up to around 100GB total for both. Vol. 1 by Mark “Spike” Stent tends towards more quirky and unusual sounds via the recorded samples and the onboard processing. Vol. 2 is Joe Chiccarelli’s collection with Matt Chamberlain playing. I was impressed by the immediate, overall polished and produced sound of the kit, proper drum tuning and the way the mics (tracks) were allocated across the onboard mixer. The powerful mixer includes Solid State Logic’s channel strip processors and their Stereo Bus Compressor, Ohmforce’s Ohmicide and EastWest’s Velocity Processor, Amp Simulator and a convolution reverb. ProDrummer Volumes 1 & 2 are $199 MSRP each or use a Composer Cloud subscription to download them.

TECH 21 VT BASS 500 The VT Bass 500 head uses an all-analog SansAmp™ pre-amp driving a 500-watt RMS Class-D power amp. Adapted from the Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series, the VT Bass 500 offers the sound of classic bass stacks in a compact package weighing just 6.5 lbs. The Character control provides several choices of sounds from the early ‘60s to classic “super valve” to thick and funky to overdriven saturated distortion. There is a three-band active EQ, a full-range Drive control and the Bite switch adds a presence boost for better note definition. Lastly, the Blend control allows mixing the direct signal with the SansAmp Tube Amplifier Emulation circuitry. Other features include a switchable SansAmp XLR DI out, effects loop, headphone out, Speakon® speaker connectors and a worldwide switchable power supply. The Tech 21 VT Bass 500 Bass Amp Head sells for $695 MSRP and the matching 1x12 bass cabinet (pictured) with custom-design 12-inch speaker, woven grill and coordinating piping is also $695. 10

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BLUES CITY MUSIC/SOLDANO 44 AMP To celebrate their 10-year anniversary, Blues City Music’s James Burke asked Mike Soldano for an amp with a big sound in a small box. This semi-open back 50-watt amp measures at 17.5H x 17.5W x 10-inches deep and weighs 48 pounds. It differs from any other 44 because it is covered in Regency Blue Tolex—an exclusive color for Blues City Music. It is a combo amp with a choice of a 12-inch speaker from Eminence Legend, Celestion Vintage 30, Jensen and others. The controls include pre-amp, reverb, bass, middle, treble, presence, normal volume plus a lead volume control activated by a footswitch making it perfect for boosting solos. You get a three-spring Magic reverb tank with a choice of an upgraded custom harnesses designed and manufactured by Solid Cables. Two speaker jacks and a rotary impedance selector switch allows for a 4, 8 or 16-ohm speaker inside or using an extension speaker cabinet. The Blues City Music/Soldano 44 sells for $2,349 MSRP.

SHURE MOTIV DIGITAL PRODUCT LINE The easy to use MOTIV™ products include four new Apple MFi (made for iPhone, iPod, iPad) certified devices, including three condenser microphones and an interface that can connect directly to any iOS device without adapters or connection kits. Perfect for desktop recording projects, podcasts or just recording at home for YouTube, the new line of MOTIV products give you that plug n’ play utility and the great sound from Shure. My favorite is the MV51 Digital LargeDiaphragm Condenser Microphone (MAP $199 pictured). It’ll connect to any iOS, Mac or PC and has five onboard DSP preset modes plus a touch panel control for quick access to gain, mute and headphone volume settings. There is a one-inch capsule element and you can monitor yourself in real-time through the built-in headphone output. MOTIV products record studio quality sound at 24-bit/48 kHz in virtually any environment.

THE X CLIP The X Clip is a dual microphone clip molded out of durable Milastemer plastic. It is designed to clip onto a thick-bodied dynamic mic—such as a Shure SM57 to allow a pencil condenser microphone to be piggybacked on top of it. Having two microphones placed on the same source with their diaphragms exactly side-by-side for proper phase coherency, is an old recording engineer trick. I’ve used this trick for snare drums and guitar cabinets, but I’ve always had to tape the two microphones together with gaffer’s tape or use two mic stands. Neither solution is very elegant. The X Clip has been designed for pliability, grip and long life for SM57s paired with various pencil condenser microphones. The larger slot of the clip can also fit an Audix i5, Shure SM58, Beta 57A, Shure PGA27 and many others. I tried The X Clip on a snare drum using a Neumann KM184 and also an AKG C451B. I liked that even though I switched over to the AKG, a slightly thinner mic body than the Neumann, I just applied squeezing pressure on The X Clip to reform it to fit. I also like using The X Clip on guitar amps when I’m looking for more of the extremes—the top and bottom frequencies—from the speaker by using a condenser. Having both microphones’ diaphragm exactly inline means I can blend them to taste. The X Clip sells for $19.95 or three for $49.95.!buynow/c1h6y

GIK ACOUSTICS EVOLUTION POLYFUSOR GIK Acoustics’ Evolution PolyFusor© is a dual-function acoustic treatment system that spatially diffuses sound and, at the same time, helps to reduce low frequency build-up. It is a poly-cylindrical diffusor, a convex-shaped (24 W x 48 H x 5.25 D-inch) panel that scatters mid and upper frequencies from 600Hz and above over a wide area. Diffusive surfaces placed on walls and ceilings in a room provide the psycho-acoustical feeling of being in a bigger space than you are. Below 80Hz, the longer wavelength waves pass through the Polyfusor’s flexible thin wood front surface and into a rear cavity for absorption. In my Tones 4 $ Studios mix room, I used two Evolution PolyFusors mounted so that they straddle the ceiling/sidewall 90-degree junction at the top of the left and right walls on either side of the listening position. BARRY RUDOLPH is a recording engineer/mixer who I highly recommend these and the expertise of all the GIK staff in has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has guiding me through the DIY installation process. The GIK Acoustics recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his PolyFusors sell for $130 MSRP each and come in nine standard own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio colors and nine choices of Guilford of Maine fabric. engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. bass-trap 12

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From Collector to Manufacturer: A multi-talented musician and recording engineer for the past 45 years, Larry Villella, launched Portland, ORbased ADK Microphones in 1998 after years of collecting vintage tube mics. When the Wall Street Journal wrote about the collectability of items such as his, the value of his collection went up––and he realized that the average person couldn’t afford them. After building some with similar tone qualities for friends, he launched ADK with the goal of manufacturing mics that sounded vintage, but only cost a few hundred dollars. Their first tube mic was the A51 TT (Area 51), a Tube mic that Ray Charles was so enamored with that he used it to record the Grammywinning Genius Loves Company (and its posthumously released sequel Genius & Friends). “Ray’s enthusiasm for our products really cemented our name as a cult company!” Villella says. Current users include jazz great Wynton Marsalis, vocalists like Lincoln Brewster, The Manhattan Transfer and more.

The ADK Aesthetic: All ADK mics are designed by musicians and recording engineers…for musicians and recording engineers. Their expanding line was created by three microphone experts, including a PhD in physics, a design genius in Belgium, 10 Grammy-winning engineers, referencing the best mics from three microphone collections. Prices ranging from $250 to $3,000, the mics are designed to enable the user to tailor the dynamic behavior of the mic to the situation and obtain new textures, with minimal need for outboard processors or even equalization. ADK’s Custom Shop: Complementing its line of six distinctive Studio Series mics––whose unique names, including Vienna Mk8 and Hamburg Mk8, reflect their distinct Austrian and German based sonic foundation–– is the ADK Custom Shop. The shop combines vintage sound with modern aerospace engineering to lower noise and provide rock solid reliability. It is made up of three different series of expertly crafted mics: the Custom Z-MOD (offering “the precision to sculpt your sound to perfection”) the Custom T-FET (vintage sound with the ability for high SPL) and the Custom TC—“Tube Cardioid” (the little brother to the Multi-pattern Z-Mod). Contact ADK Microphones, 503-296-9400 2015 JulyJune 2015 September 2015 2015 October 2015 16August

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Mixing on the Road Imagine Dragons has been more on the road than off since going out to support their 2012 Night Visions LP. However, that’s not stopping their FOH mixer Scott Eisenberg from working on the mix of what may one day become an Imagine Dragons concert film. When he’s done with mixing one night’s live show, he will set up his mix rig—a pair of Genelec 8250A SAM™ studio monitors with Genelec Loudspeaker Manager™ (GLM™) software—in a hotel or dressing room and work on the film mix. For more information, visit

Parsons Returns to Abbey Engineer, producer, artist and educator Alan Parsons embarks on a new project: two Master Class Training Sessions at the historic Abbey Road studios where his career began in the late 1960s working with The Beatles and Pink Floyd. The sessions build on the work created for The Art And Science Of Sound Recording (ASSR) video series and book, written by Parsons and his co-author and business partner Julian Colbeck. They are not simply passive training classes; attendees get to make a record with Parsons in a professional recording studio. For more information, visit

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Paradise in Nashville Blues and folk rock group The Wood Brothers will drop their upcoming album Paradise on Oct. 2 via Honey Jar Records/Thirty Tigers. The album was recorded at Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, TN. Pictured (l-r): (top) Jano Rix, Oliver Wood; (bottom) Susan Tedeschi, Chris Wood, Derek Trucks and Collin Dupuis. For more information, visit

Canadian music school Harris Institute honour grads Chris Stringer and Ian Gomes have launched Union Sound Company, a multi-facility recording studio in downtown Toronto. With input from studio designer Martin Pilchner, Assoc. Dir. of the Audio Production Program, a team of musicians, producers and artists built the 2,400 sq. ft. facility. Visit

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Jane Getter Premonition will release its label debut for Madfish, On, on Oct. 2. Recorded at Avatar Studios in New York, On was co-produced by Getter and Adam Holzman with mixing handled by Holzman and Anthony Ruotolo at Spin Studios in Long Island City, NY and features a lineup of progressive and rock musicians including bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Chad Wackerman. For more, visit


ArtistMax Finds Tomorrow’s Superstars ArtistMax’s weekend seminar at the Village Recorders featured Goo Goo Doll Johnny Rezeznik, Colbie Caillat and producer Ed Cherney. Past seminars included John Mayer, Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones and more. Industry professionals designed ArtistMax to teach a new generation about the current music business and to discover tomorrow’s superstars. Pictured (l-r): Rezeznik, drummer and songwriter Marcella Dreith and musician Taryn Gardner. For more information, visit

Happy Birthday, Electric Lady In honor of Electric Lady Studios and its 45th birthday, Vintage King Audio has restored a vintage Neve 8078 for one of the facility’s centerpieces. Vintage King replaced the capacitors, cleaned the desk by hand inside and out and re-painted and re-screened worn panels. To ensure it looked as good as it would sound, the shop commissioned a custom woodworker to completely re-create the custombuilt mahogany producer’s desk. Pictured (l-r): Vintage King technicians John Mattson, Justin Weiss, Rich Hunt, Rick Schultz. For more, visit

UNIT-O Opens in Anaheim UNIT-O, Orange County’s newest, pro recording studio, celebrates its opening by making a lucky musician or band’s dream come true with a fully-produced, four-song EP produced free of charge. Blending the best of the analog and digital recording environments, engineer/producer Brian Leshon (pictured) has worked with artists including Kansas, Devo, Supertramp Missing Persons, Rod Stewart, and many more. Enter the “EP Production Sweepstakes” by visiting

Wallace’s Memories, Music & Pride

Country Americana singer/songwriter Alice Wallace is set to release her third album, Memories, Music & Pride, out Oct. 9 via California Country Records, the independent label started by Kirsten Proffit and Manda Mosher of CALICO the band. Proffit, singer/songwriter for the classic Americana country band, helped co-produce Wallace’s new album alongside Steve Berns (who also helmed the production on CALICO’s debut) at Fitting Room Studio in Los Angeles, CA. Pictured: Berns and Proffit standing behind Wallace. For more information, visit

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roducer, DJ and radio aficionado Damion â&#x20AC;&#x153;Damizzaâ&#x20AC;? Young (a nickname by Mariah Carey) got his on-air start in hometown Santa Barbara when he was only 12. He broke alternative bands such as Garbage, Hootie & the Blowfish and Collective Soul, graduated to Los Angeles and ultimately New York. But he refused to be constrained to a single genre and went on to produce for artists including Bone Thugs-nHarmony, Lil Wayne and Ludacris. He claims a hand in the reunion of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and the resulting 2001 (a.k.a. Chronic 2001). He segued into production almost by accident with the remix of Careyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Still Believe,â&#x20AC;? a cover of which she released in 1998, originally. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I met Mariah at [L.A. radio station] Power 106, she asked me to send her some of my beats,â&#x20AC;? the producer recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of them became â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I Still Believe.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; It was the last one on the B-side of a cassetteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;something I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meant to send. The beats I wanted her to hear were on the A-side. That was one of the first Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever done and I thought it was trash.â&#x20AC;? Even top-tier producers can sometimes doubt their own work. The beat was based on the melody of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pure Imaginationâ&#x20AC;? penned by songwriting veterans Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley for the 1971 film The three most important Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. things heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learned as a Securing permissions for it helped producer are: Young form his production philosophy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was sure weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never get that s #OMMUNICATION IS KEY )F YOU cleared,â&#x20AC;? he recollects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny DONT COMMUNICATE YOULL HAVE is that neither Bricusse or Newley PROBLEMS knew what a sample or interpolation was. Originally they thought we were s "E LOYAL TO YOUR TEAM AND trying to steal their song. Mariah and I YOUR SOUND TO WHAT YOU ARE AS spoke with Leslie and explained what A CREATIVE BEING )F YOURE NOT

we wanted to do. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want YOULL LOSE YOUR GROUND any more or any less than anyone else. As long as everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equal, s 2ESPECT YOUR SURROUNDINGS you can have the song.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve kept those AND YOUR EQUIPMENT )F YOU TREAT words to this day and use them in my YOUR GEAR POORLY IT WONT TREAT approach to business. Treat everybody YOU WELL the same and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be fine.â&#x20AC;? With new projects, Young prefers a flexible work mode. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every artist, studio and situation is different,â&#x20AC;? he explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a set process. I make a beat, one thing leads to another and we take it from there. I treat beats like a suit: a basic approach to a formatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;alternative, hip-hop or R&B. Then we put the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;suitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on, tailor it with the other stuff: mix, mastering, etc. and hopefully by the time weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done we have a right-fitting suit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My style is similar to [Japanese martial art] aikido,â&#x20AC;? he continues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all based on natural momentum. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan that. When you release a record, you never know. It could go to the stratosphere but it might not.â&#x20AC;? Terrestrial radio has seen many unpopular changes over the years. Accordingly, Young is skeptical of its prospects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It sucks,â&#x20AC;? he asserts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People have to feel a part of it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not necessarily what records you play but whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in between. We proved that with Power 106. You need to have a relationship with your listener and have them feel that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking to them. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible to be successful without that interaction. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the mentorless generation in radio right now.â&#x20AC;? Young also runs Baby Ree Records and works out of Rose Lane Studio in Santa Barbara, a space that offers artists a soundstage for video shoots. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owned by Sjoerd Koppert, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s engineered for The Who, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones, among others. Some of Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming projects include a record produced by DJ Mustard for Mr. Capone-E as well as albums by Migos, Mally Mall and R&B singer TQ. Baby Ree also distributes Rose Lane Music. Contact Chelsea Freeman / Elvie G PR / Arivle Media Group,;

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– ANDY KAUFMANN human beings whose opinions we trust. Next is human review. We have reviewers at all levels, trained and tested in each genre. When I put the senior team together, I thought, “Who does an A&R guy go to when he wants to find out about an artist?” His favorite indie blogger, producer, DJ, music supervisor or talent buyer. What if we flipped it? What if we got those people to be the A&R team? Meet once a week with me and my A&R directors, virtually as a team and four times a year in person for a symposium. People bring artists they’ve discovered and expose them to the group. We’re deciding where artists should go. If they’re not ready, do they go into development with us? Should we invest in them? What opportunities should we create? We’re thoughtful about how we provide assistance.

Simon Perry

Chief Creative Officer / Head of A&R ReverbNation Years with Company: 3 Address: 54 W. 40th St., New York, NY 10018 Web: Clients: 3.8 million artists BACKGROUND First a musician, then producer and songwriter, Simon Perry switched gears by joining ReverbNation. The website, which helps artists score gigs, build fan bases and generally develop careers, has aided millions of artists. Perry helped develop the CONNECT talent incubator, which curates those artists and offers those who make the cut an even greater level of professional support.

Work Hard, Be Amazing I’m looking for artists who work hard. And the best way to find out how hard an artist works is: How polished is their profile? How polished is their social media? Are they promoting themselves? Are they playing shows? Hard work is important, but it’s secondary to one thing—an artist has to be amazing. Music has become homogenous. One reason is because A&R has become increasingly sync driven. Sync music has become safe; something that can play in prime time. My hands are not tied the way a major label’s are. We can work with an artist who’s different and original and doesn’t sound like anything else.

“If you want to cut through, you need to be great. You can’t be good anymore—you have to be great.”

Conversation Starter I have a licensing company in L.A. [Archangel]. ReverbNation was looking at doing something around licensing and my wife, who was at ReverbNation, suggested Mike [Doernberg], the CEO, talk to me. Mike and I started a discussion we’ve been having ever since. I was coming at it from having had a career in the industry and Mike was coming at it from having had a career in business and technology. We started thinking about ways art and technology could help each other. That led to experiments. We’re still enjoying the challenge of thinking about the ways art and science can inform and improve each other.

A Unique Resource Since 2007, I’ve had a licensing company, which is now a partnership with Prescription Songs. I’d been thinking about licensing problems, clearing music and clients’ need to find licensable music from emerging artists. ReverbNation presented an opportunity to solve that problem: a unique resource—between 30 and 50,000 new artists joining the site every month, bringing 250,000 copyrights a month. There isn’t anybody else competing at that level. Going Analytical Having worked in the industry for years, it was refreshing to approach problems in an analytical way. They were prepared to roll up their sleeves and not be mystical about it. The way they think about the world informs the way they think about providing value to artists—how they can provide maximum value to artists who are at different points in their careers. If we’re successful at that, we’ll be successful as a company. Curation Conundrum The industry doesn’t need 3.8 million artists. It doesn’t even need 100,000 artists. It needs a small number of the right artists. That means solving the curation problem. There was no analog for this with another company. No other company had to go through a back catalog of 14 million songs with 40,000 new artists a month. Kacey Musgraves, Imagine Dragons, Mac Miller, The Civil Wars, Alabama Shakes—lists of artists had started with us and gone on to tremendous success, and we weren’t part of their stories in a meaningful enough way that we could hold them out as our successes. And that 22 October 2015

was for the simple reason we hadn’t identified them early enough—we spotted them at the same time as the Grammy committee. So we had to figure out how to find those artists on our site before anybody else, so we could provide access at an early stage. Every Artist’s Different Artists are like snowflakes, which means no two artists want the same thing at different times in their career. We couldn’t say, “Let’s invent a funnel that goes straight to major labels.” We said, “How do we divine a curation system that allows us to sort through artists and understand what they need?” We spent two and a half years testing and designing a system we’re sure is an industry first. The interesting part is we don’t take rights, because we have a core business that allows us to drive revenue in other ways. One Chance Deserves Another It’s not one listen and you’re out. It’s a fluid meritocracy. Artists are constantly creating new works and have a long lifespan during which they evolve and grow. As long as artists keep creating, we’ll keep listening. Everything an artist does comes to our attention. A&R Trumps Data A question we asked was––can big data identify future prospects without human interaction? Everybody’s looking for magic stones that allow you to press a button and an act falls out. The idea that data could solve problems was attractive. If anybody was positioned to have big data be the solution, it was ReverbNation. We discovered that big data was not a silver bullet. Data only tells you about an artist when it’s too late, when a bunch of other people know about the artist as well. The only way to find artists that haven’t been exposed is to do old-fashioned A&R, surrounding yourself with people who are passionate about music and good at spotting talent. Review Process Algorithms tell us where artists have touched

What Do You Need? We’ve got about 300 artists in the CONNECT program. Each is allocated a manager. We have a full complement of expertise artists need, and each one goes onto one of those managers’ rosters. A manager has to feel pretty passionate about an artist before we’ll take them on. Once in the program, there’s a host of opportunities we create for them: they may need to go into a studio, access to sync services, someone to collect their publishing, their live show needs work, help with their social media, their set isn’t quite strong enough or need PR. Those are all things we’ll [help with]. Getting On the Road Touring is difficult for independent artists nowadays, so we’re looking at ways of providing tour support and resources—organizing tours ourselves, doing a partnership with a brand or helping get onto tours with bigger artists. That’s something we’re very focused on at the moment—finding working solutions for artists that want to get out on the road economically. Marketing Isn’t Music There’s a prevailing sense that artists need to be great marketers. While that’s true, the biggest favor they can do is write amazing songs. We’re so focused on the idea of the Internet democratizing access that we overlook that the Internet didn’t democratize talent. If you want to cut through, you need to be great. You can’t be good anymore—you have to be great. If an artist has spare time and there’s a choice between putting a different photo on Facebook or writing a better song, pick up your guitar.



Think you have what it takes to attract a booking agent? If so, send your CD, along with a press kit, to 3Thirteen Entertainment Group. Mark the envelope “Attention: Artist Submission.” 3Thirteen works with artists who perform and/ or compose their own original material (no cover bands). They take on artists that are already developed to the point where an agent is needed to pursue the next step of their career. You can contact the company at 3Thirteen Entertainment Group, 11725 East David Highway, Westphalia, MI 48894; Phone: 203-989-3613; Email: GameSoundCon will take place in Los Angeles, CA, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on Nov. 3 and 4. The Conference will explain “How Games are Different from Anything You’ve Worked on Before.” The sessions will provide an exploration into the many ways in which video game music and sound design are fundamentally different from linear media. It will also cover what to expect when working on a game, and how being part of a game team is very different from being hired to score or do sound design for more traditional media. Visit for additional details. Live365 has launched a new streaming radio station specifically for emerging artists. Discovery365 (D365) is an internet radio station that only plays music from emerging

and independent artists of various genres. The station’s mission is to promote new artists by letting them tell the stories behind their songs—introducing themselves and their music. This unique format enhances listener engagement and creates a kind of “reality show radio.” For consideration, artists can submit their music and stories to Discovery365 at d365. New music is added on a daily basis so that the playlist is constantly evolving. El Chapo Records is seeking new acts to sign. The label is quickly rising as an independent outlet for emerging hip-hop, R&B and pop acts. Inspired by the broad vision and scope of labels such as No Limit Forever Records, El Chapo set out to release a diverse array of artists and projects. Their upcoming project, The Indictment – Money Laundering, is a hip-hop compilation featuring rappers pushing their music to the edge. For more information visit or contact the label at elchaporecords@ Big Fuss Records has announced an open call for submissions for Our Green Earth digital music compilation. The compilation intends to highlight a message of change, which broadens thought and inspires action. Song themes and subjects should be related to wellness and the planet, along with its inhabitants. The recording will touch on issues such as water conservation, organics and food

STATE LINE SYNDICATE ARE ON A ROLL Pop-punk trio State Line Syndicate (SLS) are on a roll. After releasing their debut LP, Go Back to the 90’s, and receiving a Music Connection New Music Critique, their online presence exploded with almost 7,000 likes, 15,000 online fans and over 100,000 song plays. How did they do it? Well, each band member has a specific function that helps the group—sort of “all for one and one for all.” To celebrate, they shot a video with Josh Weesner of Stand Up Alone Productions at The Roar Room. The video evokes the gritty ambience of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Pictured (l-r): SLS members Mikey Virgin, Joe E., Makeshift Mike and Weesner. For more, go to and purity, as well as the disposal of toxic waste. Artists selected will receive promotion and exposure via multiple distribution avenues, with the top songs included in the Hot-Trax.Com radio hour. Artists who wish to participate may submit original songs via or go to For timely Opportunities and news, be sure to check out MC’s home page each day at!

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THE ZOMBIES ARE ALIVE British psychedelic pop legends, The Zombies have released the first single from their upcoming album, Still Got That Hunger, available Oct. 9 via The End Records. The past few years have marked a major resurgence for the band, with two U.K. and five U.S. tours including stops at SXSW, NYC’s Central Park SummerStage, an appearance on Austin City Limits, the release of Breathe Out, Breathe In (in 2011) and the announcement of their first nomination to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. The Zombies were the second U.K. band to score a No.1 hit in America (after The Beatles) and infiltrated the airwaves with sophisticated melodies, breathy vocals, choral harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs. For more, visit

Music icon Prince has released not one, but two, brand new studio albums via Warner Bros. Records. The much-anticipated albums are Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum. The brand new studio albums mark a historic return to Warner Bros., Prince’s original label home. The renewed partnership came after Warner Bros. returned to Prince the master recordings of his pioneering ‘80s albums, including Dirty Mind, 1999, Purple Rain and Sign ‘O’ the Times. For the latest news, go to Multi-platinum, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Seal will release a brand-new studio album, entitled 7, on Nov. 6 via Reprise Records. Seal explores love and all of its implications,

idiosyncrasies and intricacies. “The album concerns the most sung about, most talked about and most documented emotion—love,” Seal says. In order to properly tell this tale, Seal reunited with his longtime collaborator, producer Trevor Horn, continuing a storied partnership that began with his debut, 1991’s platinumcertified Seal. For further details, visit Warner Bros. Records will release the “original cast recording” for School of RockThe Musical on Dec. 4. The stage production, which opens on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on Dec. 6, features songs from the popular 2003 film School of Rock, as well as 12 original songs written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey). School of Rock-The Musical is directed by Laurence Connor (Les Misérables). Threetime Grammy Award-winner Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Goo Goo Dolls, Phil Collins, Gary Clark Jr.), produced the album along with Lloyd Webber. More info about the album will be revealed, so check it out at KC and the Sunshine Band has inked new deals. A beloved band in the dance music genre, and still one of the most played acts today, October 2015


– BERNARD BAUR KC and The Sunshine Band, has signed with Danny Nozell of CTK Management for representation. Creative Artists Agency (CAA) agents Rob Light, Rod Essig, Robert Norman and Emma Banks will take over concert and appearance booking, while Nashville’s Webster Public Relations will continue to represent the band for publicity. Harry Wayne “KC” Casey comments, “I feel such great energy with all that is going on in my career.” For additional information, go to


Harbourfront Centre has announced the winner of the SoundClash Music Awards. After five performances reviewed by five noteworthy judges and over 1,000 votes from fans, Harbourfront Centre named Above Top Secret as the 2015 SoundClash Music Awards champion. The band won the first place prize of $5,000 along with industry perks from Moog Audio, MUSI Artist Development, Music Ontario, and WestJet. The group, formerly known as Abstract Random, is a trio featuring Ayo Leilani, Tee Fergus and Sunsun. They have been together for five years and their sound is a combination of rap, electro and dub-hop infused with feminist politics. The second place winner, of $3,000, is Ronley Teper’s Lipliners, an eclectic nu-freak folk band. SoundClash Music Awards is an annual live music competition

for cutting-edge, forwardthinking artists from all genres. Visit soundclash.


Welsh metal band Bullet for My Valentine are dominating album charts. They debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart and No. 8 on the Top 200 Chart with Venom on RCA Records. The album also debuted at No. 1 in Australia, No. 2 in Germany, No. 3 in the United Kingdom and No. 4 in Canada, besting or matching their previous album chart debuts spots internationally. Produced by Carl Bown and Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Machine Head, Trivium) the record has received critical praise. Revolver magazine proclaimed Bullet for My Valentine “Britain’s biggest heavy metal export since Iron Maiden…” The band is currently on their North American tour with Slipknot and Lamb of God. For the latest and a tour itinerary, go to The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) has announced acclaimed guitarist Jennifer Batten, best known for playing guitar for Michael Jackson’s three solo world tours as well as the Superbowl XXVII, as a 2016 She Rocks Award recipient. The awards will take place on Jan. 22, 2016 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. Tickets go on sale Oct 1. Visit

Because he was born into a musically inclined family, Loren Smith’s musical career has been a clear choice since his early childhood. The soulpop artist has worked relentlessly, maintaining genuine optimism, good will and self-motivation. As a child, Smith would spend hours practicing singing before joining a local choir. As he matured, he chased music throughout his youth and into adulthood. After graduating college with a degree in music, Smith jumped straight into working as a freelance artist, singing backup for film and television projects as well as numerous artists. He also performed at amusement parks, such as Disneyland, Universal Studios and the Special Olympics. Recently, Smith released his debut single and video, “Break Free,” and watched it go viral overnight, leading to the video being featured on The Today Show. His latest release, “Beautiful Smile,” continues to exemplify both his sensational vocals and his positive perspective, in music and life. “My goal,” he says, “is to always perform with integrity, passion and skill, and to teach everyone, as I’m learning, to love themselves and each other better.” During September’s National Suicide Prevention Week, Smith offered a free download of the live version of his single, “Beautiful Smile,” and this month as part of National Bullying Prevention Month he is releasing his latest single, “Always Remember.” For more, go to

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Despite battling serious health issues in recent years, Dick Dale is wrapping up a 25-city tour this month. The final date is at roots music central, Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill, in Burbank, CA, with rockabilly swing band Maureen & the Mercury 5 as the opener. Says the 78-yearold surf guitar legend (“Miserlou”), “We’re like Johnny Appleseed, crossing the country and sowing the seeds of survival...I can’t stop touring because I will die. Physically and literally, I will die.” For more, as well as how to buy his yacht, go to

COOPER & HIS VAMPIRE FRIENDS When celebrity supergroup The Hollywood Vampires took to the stage of the Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip recently, Music Connection photographer David Klein grabbed this shot of band frontman, Alice Cooper as he motored away. The all-star band, featuring Joe Perry, Duff McKagen, Matt Sorum and actor Johnny Depp is promoting its classic covers album and tour, whose proceeds will go to MusiCares. 24 October 2015

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music, has acquired the rights to the most complete discography of legend Van Morrison ever assembled under one label imprint. The acquisition spans more than 50 years of music, encompassing some 50 album, video and compilation titles from 1964 to present. The archive includes Morrison’s solo works from 1971 to the present as well

as the recordings made with Them from 1964 through 1966. A new survey of audio streaming services shows that consumers are willing to pay significantly more for online tunes. The survey suggests that audio streaming companies may be leaving a massive amount of money on the table. The survey of over 1,000 American adults conducted by Atenga, a pricing consulting group, has a 95% confidence level. The takeaway from this research is that Americans love their advertising free audio streaming services and are willing to pay more for them. Overall respondents were almost unanimous (over 80%) in strong dislike for advertiser supported streaming. They were more conflicted over music choice versus quality, with about half responding that quality is less important than music choice. BERNARD BAUR was voted one of the “Top Music Business Journalists” in the country. Bernard is the connection between the streets and the suites. Credited with over 1,200 features in a variety of publications, he’s a Contributing Editor at Music Connection.


“I’m Smiling Because I Just Cashed Another Royalty Check” John Mazzei - TAXI Member

My music is played regularly

on the top daytime TV talk show as a direct result of my TAXI membership. I was a full-time gigging musician, playing covers to earn a living. I always thought that was the only way to make money with music. Sure, I’d heard of royalties, but I thought they were just for music industry insiders. I saw the ads for TAXI but was skeptical that they could help me get an inside track to the music business. I’d always composed in my home studio, and really didn’t think my music would ever be heard by anyone but family and friends.

The Leap of Faith

A few years and a corporate day gig later, I finally decided to give TAXI a try. Within a few months they started sending my music to some great companies. That encouraged me to attend my first

Road Rally – TAXI’s free, members-only convention. That gave me a huge jolt of inspiration and knowledge.

I Didn’t Have To Be An Insider…

I just needed to write consistently great, targeted music and learn more about the business side of the music industry. I also learned that the music business is made up of some pretty cool people. I went home from the convention with renewed energy, kept submitting to TAXI, and used their feedback to hone my skills.

My First Composing Gig

A couple of years later, I handed out my demo at the Road Rally. As a result, I was invited to compose

for the famous daytime TV talk show mentioned above. Needless to say, I said, “Yes!!” Since then I’ve also signed with a number of Film & TV Music Publishers and my music’s been placed on HBO’s True Blood. In just three years I’ve signed publishing deals for more than 100 pieces of my music and have an open door to submit to those publishers any time. All of this was a direct result of my TAXI membership.

Quitting the Day Job…

I can’t quit my day job just yet, but that day gets a little closer with each deal! Give TAXI a call. If you’re willing to work hard, learn from their feedback and have patience, you can hear your music on TV and cash royalty checks too. Thanks to TAXI, I’m smiling all the way to the bank! Give them a call.

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Date Signed: April 2014 Label: Atlantic Records Band Members: Dillon Hodges, vocals, guitar; Josh Kleppin, drums. Type of Music: Alternative Management: Nick Stern/Adam Hohlt - Vector Management; Bret Disend - Ozone Management Booking: Jay Belin/Jay Williams/Matt Elam - WME; JAY@ Legal: John Strohm - Loeb & Loeb Publicity: Web: A&R: Sam Riback - Atlantic


ack in the ’70s, Atlantic Records unprecedentedly embraced the musical authenticity of small town Alabama (specifically, Muscle Shoals). Which is why bluegrass guitarist Dillon Hodges felt an instant connection with the major label after moving to the unfamiliar, pop culture-infused city of Los Angeles. Through several industry connections, Hodges started working with Nick Stern from Vector Management. Then with help from A&R executives, song demos eventually reached the offices of Atlantic. Hodges’ next biggest obstacle––nonstop contract negotiations. “Waiting was the hardest part. It’s the little things that make a big difference in the long-run, but I had to learn to be patient and wait for the right deal to come through.” And it did. But now for Hodges’ unique country sound to successfully reach a larger audience, he must continuously implement modern day changes into his creative process and artistic ambiance. Thankfully, Atlantic enthusiastically supports this new, “poppier” project ultimately christened firekid.

“I had to learn to be patient and wait for the right deal to come through.” “I realized I needed to readjust and rethink everything,” Hodges explains. “After working with professionals, I can now massage my ideas a lot better. I gained more control when I let go and trusted other people to help instead of holding on and being selfish about it. When I wanted to dive into pop, I wouldn’t have known where to start without these guys.” Hodges hopes to popularize a new genre of music, and will implement every strategy that Atlantic energetically offers: “There’s a whole machine behind it, which is definitely a luxury. We have a publicist, product manager, artist development team—all these tools that any artist can benefit from. You really do gain a degree of power and more strength by having a major label team behind you.” Hit songs already include “Magic Mountain” and “Lay By Me.” – Danica Bellini 26 October 2015


Date Signed: June 2015 Label: Roc Nation Band Members: Dorothy Martin, vocals; Gregg Cash, bass; Mark Jackson, guitarist; Zac Morris, drums. Type of Music: Rock Management: George Robertson - Teleport, Booking: Marty Diamond, Aaron Pinkus - Paradigm Legal: Amit Krispin Publicity: Katie Leggett, Web: A&R: Jay Brown - Roc Nation


orothy Martin received the call of a lifetime one morning while eating a bowl of cereal in Los Angeles. Soon she was meeting with mentor Jay Z, and later snagged her band a record deal with Roc Nation. And everything had started with a DIY music video. Martin was initially approached with a pub deal––a legal agreement where a musician allows publishers the use of written material for other artists. But footage of a stripped-down “After Midnight” dress rehearsal exuded such good vibes, the four rockers were immediately offered their own label contract. Martin didn’t think twice. “I really trust my gut. I met with other executives in the past, and it was always very sterile and uncomfortable. Jay was so cool, it felt like family. It felt organic.” Which proves helpful when Martin gets antsy and craves immediate

“I met with other executives in the past, and it was always very sterile.” one-on-one inspiration and advice. Such mutual understanding allows her to confront uncharted industry obstacles with an open mind: “The most difficult challenge for me was to be patient––I want results now. I’ve had my freak-outs, but [the team] calms me down.” Most importantly, Roc Nation encourages the band to continue experimenting and evolving creatively. Martin hasn’t lost her sense of individuality although she’s no longer working solo. She explains, “I’m really glad nobody’s tried forcing me into a box of something else with the band, because I’d be kicking and screaming. I’m very rebellious, and I wouldn’t like to be molded into something else–– something that I’m not. I wouldn’t be able to stand for that.” Finally, Martin can always rely on the support of manager George Robertson, whose expertise drove the band’s eventual success: “There’s only so much that I know. How to deal with [proper business] ––I can thank George for that. He has worn so many different hats [and] always has great ideas.” The band is currently touring with Miguel and recording their debut studio album. – Danica Bellini

ALBERTA CROSS Date Signed: Summer 2015 Label: Dine Alone Records Band Members: Petter Ericson Stakee - guitar, vocals. Type of Music: Alternative Management: New Community Management Booking: WME Legal: Gavin Maude - Russells Solicitors Publicity: Tasya Swisko - Press Here, 138 W. 25th St., 9th Fl., New York, NY 10001, Web: A&R: Joel Carriere and Dan Hawie


nglish rock band Alberta Cross has signed with numerous labels, including Geffen, PIAS and Ark. But for singer/guitarist Petter Ericson Stakee, it was time for another change when ATO Records pushed too hard for commercial success. Having extricated himself from that deal, he secured a publishing arrangement via his manager, then took wing to Woodstock, NY’s Dreamland Recording Studios, where he independently recorded precisely the album he wanted. Already familiar with the band, Dine Alone Records caught wind of the group’s free agent status. “My management sent them the record, they liked it and there you go,” recounts Stakee, who cottoned to the label’s vibe and their understanding of the group’s touring desires. “They seemed into what we were doing. We gelled pretty quick.” The alt-rocker got what he wanted––a 50/50 deal.

“Don’t be too concentrated on getting signed. Concentrate on creating what you think is good.” Stakee takes switching labels in stride; it comes with the job. Instead of focusing on contract details, he places attention on artistic freedom. “I’m in it to make music,” he declares. “If it reaches people, that’s amazing. But if you just aim to do well instead of creating good stuff, you’re going to be in a bad place.” This perspective aligns with Stakee’s recipe for industry achievement. “Whatever you’re creating, just do your thing. Believe in your stuff, work hard and it will take you somewhere if you’re on a good path. Don’t be too concentrated on getting signed. Concentrate on creating what you think is good, the stuff you burn for. That’s more important.” Alberta Cross’s third studio album, ASAP, will be released on Oct. 16 following a tour with Heartless Bastards. – Andy Kaufmann


Date Signed: April 2015 Label: Fairfax/Hollywood Recordings Band Members: Nick Wold - vocals, guitar; Chris Bagamery - drums, backup vocals; Nelson - bass, backup vocals. Type of Music: Alternative/Punk Management: Ari Goldstein, Booking: Jake Bernstein, Legal: Jeff Worob - Serling Rooks Ferrara McCoy & Worob, 212-245-7300 Publicity: Lily Golightly, Web:, A&R: Kevin Augunas - Fairfax Recordings t has been a whirlwind year and a half for Dreamers. After the trio formed in May of 2014, the band self-released their self-titled debut EP in November 2014, and the Bushwick, Brooklyn-based band soon found themselves in the enviable position of being a legitimate buzz-band. They signed with a manager, major music press including Billboard, Spin and Alternative Press were impressed, their YouTube videos were popular, and pretty soon, labels came a-calling. “We turned down a few deals,” says frontman Nick Wold, before signing with Fairfax/Hollywood Recordings earlier this year, less than a year after forming. “When this one came along, we were over the moon!” Fairfax wasted no time in getting Dreamers into Fairfax Studios in Los


“When this [deal] came along, we were over the moon!” Angeles this summer to begin recording a full-length LP, set for an early 2016 release. The band’s thoughtful, catchy brand of punk-influenced tunes is being produced for the album by label head Kevin Augunas (who has also produced Talk in Tongues, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros and Cold War Kids). “Working with Fairfax/Hollywood Recordings is an ideal situation for us,” says Wold. “They really wanted to get us in the studio right away–– we aren’t on the back burner.” And even though the label has the Disney connection, Wold notes, “It’s a really small office, not corporate, and they have a great philosophy.”  The label also plans to re-release the single “Wolves,” and Dreamers’ deal includes up to four LPs, according to Wold. The band played several shows in the spring with Stone Temple Pilots, followed by a very busy summer club tour schedule throughout the U.S. and Canada, including shows with X-Ambassadors, Young Rising Sons and Hunter Hunted, with shows continuing through October, alternating their time with writing and recording in the studio. – Brett Bush October 2015 27

ASCAP Foundation Workshop

SESAC Lights Up with Green Day Grammy-winning and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Green Day has signed with SESAC for representation. Consisting of (l-r): Mike Dirnt, Billie Joe Armstrong and Tre Cool, the band has reached superstar status and has sold more than 75 million records, won multiple Grammys and toured the world numerous times. Visit for more details.

Kinnoin & Sharp: Cool Kid Stuff In addition to his multi-awardwinning CDs, singer/songwriter Dave Kinnoin has written hundreds of songs for Henson, Disney, Sesame Workshop, and dozens of other family entertainment and educational companies. He has teamed up with hit country songwriter Randy Sharp to pen and perform Calling All The Elephants, a zany kid-friendly full-length. See

Geared toward advanced songwriters, the ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Songwriters Workshop will enrich participants’ knowledge of the industry, help them establish contacts and confidence, and expand their collaborative partnerships. The workshop will take place at ASCAP’s Los Angeles office on Nov. 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 17 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. All participants must be available all six days. The ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award will also be awarded to two outstanding participants in this year’s workshop. To apply, submit two original digital song files with lyrics, along with a brief resume or bio and a written explanation as to why you would like to participate in the workshop. Send your applications to haroldadamsonworkshop@ with the subject “Harold Adamson Workshop 2015.” The deadline for applications is Oct. 21. Accepted applicants will be notified by Oct. 26. Please do not contact the ASCAP offices inquiring about your acceptance status. Only a limited number of applicants can be selected as participants. See

Guitar Center’s Singer/Songwriter has launched its fifth installment, offering aspiring singer/ songwriters across the country the chance to take their careers to the next level. The winner of Guitar Center’s Singer/Songwriter 5 will have the opportunity to record a four-song EP with Grammy-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Diplo, Vampire Weekend, Haim and more), perform to a national television audience on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC, take home new gear, $25,000 cash and much more. Joining the fold of advisers this year is Dallas Green of City and Colour who will lend his talents as a mentor to the winner, guiding them through the writing and recording process. Submissons are open through Nov. 2. For official rules, visit songwriter.

Jeffrey Steele Hosts Bootcamp

Sony/ATV Boss Sounds the Alarm

Songwriter Jeffrey Steele (“Raise ’Em Up,” “What Hurts the Most”) will hold an eight-week online Songwriting Bootcamp 2.0 beginning in October. The Jeffrey Steele Songwriting Bootcamp initially began in 2006 out of Steele’s love for speaking, teaching and discovering new talent. Since its inception many of the participants have moved to Nashville, signed major publishing deals and had No. 1 songs. Bootcamp 2.0 is designed to motivate, educate and fuel your music

Katrancha Upped at Downtown

Trisha Yearwood Feted by ASCAP The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Trisha Yearwood with the ASCAP Voice of Music Award at the 53rd annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, to be held on Monday, Nov. 2, at the Omni Nashville Hotel. The invitation-only, black-tie gala will also honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs from April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015. 28 October 2015

career. The program is designed specifically for songwriters and artists at all levels. Participants will have the opportunity to learn directly from Steele and gain access to industry experts and great behind the scenes moments. A limited number of spots are available. Visit JeffreySteeleBootcamp. com for complete information.

NY-based Downtown Music Publishing has promoted Jedd Katrancha to Executive VP. He has led the firm’s creative services and sync licensing from its inception. Katrancha will now also be responsible for managing Downtown’s creative strategy and operations. Visit

Guitar Center’s Singer/ Songwriter Competition

One of the publishing industry’s most powerful executives, Sony/ ATV Chairman Martin Bandier, has communicated his concerns to the company’s songwriters about the negative impact that could result from proposed changes to the consent decrees by which ASCAP and BMI operate as reviewed by the Dept. of Justice. Major publishing companies have requested that the DoJ review the 75-year-old documents as they refer to the company’s ability to withdraw digital rights from blanket


licenses, while still allowing the PROs (ASCAP and BMI) to collect on other performance licenses. The law allows that each stakeholder in a song has the right to license the entire song without seeking the permission of other owners, but industry practice has been that each stakeholder only licenses their portion. Radio and certain digital services maintain that they only need a license from one rights holder. “Requiring PROs to grant 100% licenses would be an unprecedented change to well-established licensing practices, create widespread administrative confusion and potentially undermine a songwriter’s relationship with his or her chosen PRO,” Bandier states.

PRS Rains on SoundCloud

The British music industry group that represents more than 111,000 songwriters and publishers is taking legal action against the popular streaming website SoundCloud for copyright infringement. PRS for Music claims that SoundCloud, which counts 175 million monthly listeners, has failed to obtain licenses and pay royalties for songs by its members, which include Adele. Berlin-based SoundCloud said in a statement that the suit was not in the best interests of PRS’ artists and publishers and said it has been in “active commercial negotiation” with the songwriter organization. SoundCloud, launched in 2008, lets its users listen to tracks and also upload and share their own recordings. Independent artists, as well as stars such as Lorde and Drake, have used it to share their work and find new fans. Record labels have long considered it a

valuable promotional outlet. In recent months SoundCloud has hammered out licensing agreements with Warner Music Group, one of the three major record companies, and Merlin Network, a digital-rights trade group representing 20,000 independent music labels. It has not secured deals with Universal Music Group or Sony Music Entertainment, the two other major recording companies. In May, Sony, which represents artists such as Hozier and Kelly Clarkson, removed its music from the service over royalties.

BMI Boosts Revenues and Royalties

BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.), has announced record-breaking revenue and royalty distributions for its fiscal year ended June 30. BMI generated total revenues of $1.013 billion, the highest in the company’s history and the most public performance revenue generated for songwriters, composers and publishers by any music rights organization in the world. In addition, BMI distributed and administered $877 million to its affiliated songwriters, composers and music publishers, a nearly 4.5% increase over last year and the company’s largest distribution ever. BMI operates on a non-profitmaking basis and returns approximately 87% of all revenue to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents. For complete details, see bmi. com.

UMPG Signs Bhasker Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed an exclusive, worldwide music publishing agreement with Grammy-winning producer/songwriter and MC cover subject, Jeff Bhasker, who has co-written and produced some of the highest selling and most performed songs in recent years, including the global smash “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars. See

DAN KIMPEL, author of six music industry books, is an instructor at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. He lectures at colleges and conferences worldwide.

BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Honors Nile Rodgers Song Biz was in the house for the amazing 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards honoring top writers, producers and publishers in Beverly Hills. Grammy-winning songwriter, composer, producer, arranger and guitarist, Nile Rodgers was honored as the BMI Icon. Pictured (l-r): DJ Mustard, Songwriter and Producer of the year; Mike O’Neill, BMI President & CEO; Nile Rodgers; and Catherine Brewton, BMI, Vice President Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta.

Sperling Joins ASCAP

Angry Mob Gets Happy With Kaplan Angry Mob Music in Los Angeles has signed songwriter Allison Kaplan to an exclusive, worldwide co-publishing agreement. Within the last 12 months, Kaplan has garnered her first No. 1 single in nine different countries in Asia with artist F(x), as well as cuts with Universal U.S., Warner Bros. Canada, Polygram U.K. and Sony France. Pictured (l-r): Sean Harrison, Angry Mob Music COO/CoFounder; Ralph Torrefranca, A&R Manager; Kaplan; Jay Sloan, Senior Director, A&R; and Marc Caruso CEO/Co-Founder.

Veteran investment banker Mark Sperling has joined ASCAP as SVP of Strategy and Business Development, a role in which he will lead efforts to expand partnerships and new alliances at the performing rights society. For more details see October 2015




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o clarify the vast parameters that define the band Papadosio is a complex proposition. Broad cross-currents of prog-rock, electronic alchemy and organic instruments all coalesce in the widescreen musical spectrum and compelling songs that distinguish their latest release, Extras In A Movie. Originally formed in Athens, OH, the members of the band now reside in and around Asheville, NC, but they are more likely to be on the road. The relentlessly touring aggregation might play up to 200 dates annually. Audience response is key: For the new project the band concentrated on writing concise, structured songs that serve as launching pads for extended improvisations. This dramatic interplay and inspired jamming are highlights of electrifying shows that have made them fan favorites on the festival circuit. While each member of the band might work on song ideas singularly, they express that songwriting is a communal affair in which the penetrating and expressive lead melodies arrive late in the process. “Maybe some songwriters have a great line and write chords around it,” says Anthony Thogmartin. “For me, it has always been the last thing that happens. I wait for the song to tell me what it’s going to be and I figure it out from there.” Rich vocal harmonies supplement the band’s sophisticated melodic approach. Their latest full-length is introduced with “The Last Leaf,” featuring intricate five-part harmonies. “That song originally was a poem that my dad sent me for my birthday,” says Sam Brouse. “When I read it I felt that it would lend itself to some type of an a cappella thing. I wanted to do an exercise in five part harmony, which I’d never done.” Brouse continues, “I pounded out some chords and recorded them over myself and it stayed like that for over two years. There are five of us in the band. We each took turns in the studio singing over my original part one by one. It was really daunting to see if it was possible and it was the last thing we recorded. We did it in one day.” Adds his brother and band mate Billy Brouse, “I was the last one on it––no pressure there!” Song titles are intriguingly esoteric: “Therian” was inspired by archeological cave paintings. While “Anima Mundi” translates as “spirit of the world.” Thogmartin notes that the band’s upcoming video is a visual representation of the concept. “It’s about this situation we find ourselves in where we are so detached from what life is.” “The Wrong Nostalgia,” with its pointed line, “Who sold these assholes on the airwaves?,” is a treatise on the mercenary mercantile mechanisms of broadcasting. Says Sam Brouse, “I didn’t start writing that song intending it to be such a vent of frustration. I borrowed Anthony’s acoustic and electric guitars and was trying to get back into playing. And what came out was something from my subconscious of listening to the radio in the ‘90s and all of that alternative rock and grunge––it was very aggressive, and I was surprised what came out musically––being frustrated that whoever is in charge of putting music on the radio is not taking responsibility for what they are telling people to listen to.” Not surprisingly, the band chooses to be independent. A crowd-funding campaign for their latest CD was fulfilled in less than 30 days, and overfunded by 20 percent. Sam Brouse says that they have periodically weighed the benefits and drawbacks to being on a major label. “Somewhere along the line it hit me that it sounded good to own everything forever and to be our own bosses.” “You read horror stories about what happens to artists,” adds Thogmartin. “We want to reach a wider audience, but at the end of the day we do have the freedom to play where and when we want and to license wherever we want. To get the same kind of deal Kickstarter allowed us would have been an uphill battle with a relinquishing of rights. We reached out to our fan base and great people encouraged us to do what we do.” Extras In A Movie, Papadosio’s self-produced fourth full-length studio album, will be self-released Oct. 2. Contact Angela Moreno, MSO PR, 818-380-0400 ext. 232,

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A critically acclaimed documentary chronicling the rise of punk music in Washington, DC, dropped last month after selling out screenings in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Chicago and more. Scott Crawford and Jim Saah are behind the film, Salad Days: A Decade of Punk In Washington, DC (1980-90), which takes a look at the early DIY punk scene in the Capitol. In that decade, bands including Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring, Marginal Man, Fugazi and more released their own records and booked their own shows free of major label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. For details, contact Clint Weiler at The film is available for streaming on Vimeo.

STEP IT UP Thompson on drums and Ruth Underwood on percussion. Email Carol Kaye at Carol@ for more details.

On Oct. 30, Eagle Rock Entertainment and Zappa’s Honker Home Video will issue the never-before-released Frank Zappa’s Roxy: The Movie on DVD and Blu-ray with an exclusive soundtrack included. Zappa wrote, directed, conducted and produced the film, which stars himself and features him on lead guitar and vocals, George Duke on keyboards, synthesizer and vocals, Bruce Fowler on trombone, Napoleon Murphy Brock on flute, tenor saxophone and vocals, Tom Fowler on bass, Ralph Humphrey and Chester

The soundtrack to Wild Horses will drop on Lakeshore Records, Oct. 16, featuring songs by Caitlin Eadie, Roy Gaines and his Tuxedo Blues Orchestra and Billy Joe Shaver, with a score by Timothy Williams. Writer, director and costar Robert Duvall also contributed a performance of “Cheyenne,” a song Duvall heard his uncle sing as a kid. Film music producer and soundtrack co-producer Michael Hodges and Grammywinning producer Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney, Colbie Caillat) located and recorded the song. Contact Beth@KrakowerPolingPR. com for details. A new Lifetime docuseries, Step It Up, will air Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/ PT. The series follows Traci Young-Byron, a former Miami Heat Dancer, longtime team captain and owner of the dance company, the Young Contemporary Dance Theatre (YCDT). Rivalry with another dance company leads her to find innovative ways to motivate her co-ed dance team. Theresa. has more info. A rare 1971 Rolling Stones club performance at London’s legendary Marquee Club came out recently on DVD and iTunes via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee – Live in 1971 was filmed for U.S. television in 1971, shortly after the band had completed their 1971 Farewell Tour

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of the U.K., and a month before the release of the album Sticky Fingers. The gig marked the first time that tracks “Brown Sugar,” “Dead Flowers,” “Bitch” and the rarely performed “I Got the Blues” were showcased live. The lineup included Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman. Contact Carol Kaye at Carol@KayosProductions. com for more information. MOONSHINE: That Hee Haw Musical is ending its run on Oct. 11 after premiering last month at the Dallas Theater Center. Award-winning songwriters Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally contributed music and lyrics to the musical comedy, based on a book by Robert Horn, about a Kentucky girl who sets out for Tampa and brings back home a city boy. Clark received two Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Country Album of the Year in 2015, while McAnally was named Songwriter of the Year in 2014 by the Academy of Country Music. Jessie Schmidt at has further details. A new documentary, Steve Hackett The Man, The Music, an up-close look at the former Genesis/GTR guitarist, is coming to DVD on Oct. 16. Packed with interviews and music, it traces the events that led to his arrival at Genesis, his key role during their most innovative era on seminal albums Selling England by the Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, and his multifaceted solo career. The DVD is timed for release at the start of Steve’s extensive USA & Canada live concert tour. For more details, email




A Rural Central Michigan dance studio is looking for a hip-hop instructor for an expanding recreational hip-hop program. For details, visit A Santa-Monica based filmscoring studio is seeking a full-time Synthestrator/ MIDI orchestrator familiar with MIDI programming, Timecode and Synch and will work with a composer. Email pdngp-5214343798@ for more information.

special. From there, he went on to choreograph for Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, KISS, Gloria Estefan, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler and The Pointer Sisters. Contact the playhouse at Playhouse@PasadenaPlayhouse. org or Peter Goldman at for details.

At the eighth symphonic gala concert Hollywood in Vienna, held this year on Oct. 15-16 at the Vienna Concert Hall, James Newton Howard will be this year’s Max Steiner Award Honoree. The distinction is given for achievements in film music. The International Film Music Symposium Vienna Usherance Studios and will also return for this year’s Smiling Llama Productions gala. This comes on the heels are accepting submissions of Vienna’s State Opera House KENNY ORTEGA for a production crew to work hosting the global premiere of on a post-apocalyptic Mission: Impossible feature film called The Rogue Nation, which Unbelievers. Filming put an international-level will be in October spotlight on the city. and November in Vienna is soon to be Sacramento and a significant location Los Angeles. The for film music through companies are a collaboration of filling a variety of Hollywood in Vienna, positions including The International Film assistant directors, Music Symposium production manager, Vienna, The Vienna editor, composer Symphonic Library and set designer. and Vienna Recording EMPIRE VAMPIRE Submit inquiries to Stage as well as unbelieverscrew@ the Vienna Tourist Board and the Vienna Film Commission. For further information, Six artists are wanted for an upcoming contact Chandler Poling at Chandler@ New York cabaret production. Contemporary dance, dance-theater and music performance submissions are welcome. The production will Close Up Experience and The Goodnight take place Nov. 2 at the 14th Street Y theater. Darlings (Kat Auster and Wilson Jaramillo) will Contact work together on a short musical film, a fantasy theater-series/ for details. thriller called Empire Vampire. Directed by


Director, choreographer and producer Kenny Ortega was recently recognized as the 2015 Diversity Award Artistic Honoree at the Ninth Annual Pasadena Playhouse’s Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project fundraising benefit in September. Ortega broke out in the ‘80s with his stage direction and choreography of the pioneer recording artists, The Tubes. After seeing The Tubes perform in Los Angeles, Cher asked Ortega to choreograph her television

Sundance alumnus Roger Ingraham, Empire Vampire is produced by Isis Masoud, who is in post-production on the feature film Matter Out of Place. Art director and stylist Joey Bevan and his Glam Squad, which worked on America’s Next Top Model and The X Factor, will also contribute to the project. For additional details, contact Lon Haber at JESSICA PACE lives in the Nashville area and writes about music, local government and education. Contact her at j.marie.

Dan Romer Composer

Contact: Web: Most recent: Beasts of No Nation After being lauded for the compositions that underscored the 2012 film Beasts of the Southern Wild, composer and producer Dan Romer is again collaborating with True Detective director Cary Fukunaga for the drama, Beasts of No Nation. The film tells the tale of a child soldier separated from his family to fight an African country’s civil war under the direction of a drug lord. Tackling the score from the child protagonist’s perspective, Romer found that ambient synthesizers harkening back to the ’70s and distorted submarine sonar sounds captured the chaos of the child’s experience. It’s far from the grandiose, soaring score of Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Romer emphasized the importance of composers paying attention to the story. “It’s so story-based,” Romer says. “With Beasts of the Southern Wild, we kept saying make it louder, make it louder. Then for Digging for Fire, it was make it tougher, make it tougher. There’s nothing worse than a score that’s loud and overly emotional when it doesn’t need it.” Because the trajectories of art are complex, Romer says newcomers shouldn’t enter the field thinking of themselves as composers. “Thinking of yourself as a composer when you’re young is premature,” he says. “Think of yourself as a writer or someone who makes music. If you just say I’m going to be a film composer, then you’re going to miss a lot of great opportunities. Do as many different projects as you can in whatever capacity. If someone says arrange horns for a funk group, do it. It could lead to something.” To find those opportunities, Romer surrounded himself with talent and fostered those relationships. “The most important thing is to find other people who are talented. Form really good relationships with people who you think are amazing. People are so important.”

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Ozzy Osbourne performed for a few hundred fans and Epic Records suits at the inaugural Epicfest, a showcase of the label’s roster, at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA. The Prince of Darkness—whose Black Sabbath recently announced its last tour—played six songs.

Mocktails and Cocktails in Hollywood KURT ORZECK

Women in Entertainment, a new monthly event fueled by Monster Energy Drink, launched at The Powder Room in Hollywood. These evenings will offer unique opportunities for women in the entertainment industries to meet and share ideas with each other. Pictured (l-r): Victoria Patneaude and Siri Svay, Music Connection; and Suzy Cole, Apple Music. For additional details, contact Libby Coffey at MSO PR,



The live ceremony for the second annual Pensado Awards took place at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA. The awards highlighted the brilliance and hard work of producers, songwriters, DJs, engineers, mixers, live wizards and behind-the-scenes technicians in audio that often go unnoticed. A Pictured (l-r): Paula Salvatore, Capitol Studios Manager, Grammy Member; CJ Vanston, Producer, AFM & Grammy member; Maureen Droney, Grammy P&E Wing Director; and JR Robinson, Drummer, AFM & Grammy member.


B Pictured (l-r): Tedi Sarafian, Barefoot CEO; Adam Moseley, producer/engineer; Thomas Barefoot, Barefoot Founder; Chris Lord-Alge, Pensado Awards co-host; KamranV, Bedrock.LA (sponsor); Dave Reitzas, “Mix of the Year" Award; Mr. Bonzai, author/photographer; CJ Vanston, producer/engineer.

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C Pictured (l-r): Chris Lord-Alge, Randy Jackson, Quincy Jones, Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick.



Tidbits From Our Tattered Past

Mandatory Weirdness at The Greek “Weird Al” Yankovic brought his multimedia Mandatory Tour to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles where he and his band played to a packed house. His patented song parodies included old favorites (“Amish Paradise,” “Gump,” “Another One Rides The Bus”) and new YouTube hits (“Perform This Way”) and a Star Wars finale (“Yoda”) complete with Jedi warriors and Darth Vader. And let’s not forget the polka medley of “Wrecking Ball,” “Get Lucky” and “Sexy and I Know It.”


The 25th Annual L.A. Music Awards

Vocal trio Wilson Phillips, comprising Wendy and Carnie Wilson and Chynna Phillips, were promoting their hit debut album when MC caught up with them. The group related why they signed with a new label. "SBK was small and new," said Phillips, "and they would give us a lot of attention." Also in this issue is an early profile of Lenny Kravitz.

Al Bowman held the final event under his watch after 25 years. The star-studded night at the Whisky a Go Go included 30 feet of red carpet behind the venue, six bands performing on stage, complimentary champagne for all the patrons and food catered by the Rainbow Bar & Grill. Among the honorees were comedian Andy Dick, Susan Pinsky and her husband Dr. Drew, along with 22 other celebrities. Pictured (l-r): Dick, Pinsky, Drew and Bowman.

Simmons on a Mission with Music

1998–Graham Parker–#12


Mending Kids’ second annual benefit concert, Music on a Mission, featured notable names in rock music as they jammed on stage to raise money for lifechanging surgeries for children in developing countries. The night included performances by Johnny Depp, Gene Simmons (pictured with family), Gilby Clark of Guns N’ Roses and many more. For more information, visit

1990–Wilson Phillips–#10

Acclaimed English rocker Graham Parker brought his patented brand of intensity to this cover story. "I don't like criticism," said Parker, "I think I'm damn good, you know? I don't want somebody else's doubts. I have enough to deal with on my own." The issue also features an interview with bass hero Billy Sheehan and concert reviews of Soul Asylum, Melissa Etheridge and Belinda Carlisle.

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New Head Space with Psycadelik Thoughtz b y   D a n   K i m p e l “CAN YOU HELP ME ELEVATE?” inquires Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. on the title track of Psycadelik Thoughtz, his newest full-length release. In his creative guise as B.o.B, the Southern-born songwriter, singer, rapper and musician appears as many things to many people: edgy and urban, melodic and thoughtful, reflective and forward thinking. And with his latest release, one message becomes very clear: He needs very little help lifting off to new heights. B.o.B rose from Atlanta obscurity on the strength of underground singles, and mixtapes. “Nothing on You,” featuring Bruno Mars, and “Airplanes” with Hayley Williams of Paramore, and its sequel “Airplanes Pt. 2” with additional vocals from Eminem and Travis Garland were an entrée into the big leagues. His first full-length, B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, released by Atlantic Records and Grand Hustle (the imprint founded by Atlanta rapper T.I.) debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart in 2010. Strange Clouds, with guest spots from Taylor Swift, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj and others, featured production from such heavyweights as Jim Jonsin, Cirkut, Ryan Tedder, Stargate and Dr. Luke. B.o.B’s third full-length, Underground Luxury, with the single “We Still in This Bitch” featuring T.I. and Juicy J, was followed by “Headband” with 2 Chainz. Psycadelik Thoughtz arrives with little fanfare and no advance warning. To talk about this project, MC caught up with B.o.B as he was cooking breakfast, with pots, pans and spatulas adding percussion to our conversation. Music Connection: We loved your performance last weekend in Los Angeles at the BMI R&B/ Hip-Hop Awards honoring Nile Rodgers. Since you feature so much guitar on the new record, was his playing an influence on what you do? B.o.B: Absolutely—both directly and indirectly. He was someone I sought out to put his ear to 36 October 2015

the song “Back and Forth.” One of the interesting things he told me when he gave me some feedback was, “Bob, there are a lot of things in the song that are technically wrong, but that’s the reason the song is jamming, because it’s an unorthodox approach. I wouldn’t change anything.” That’s dope advice coming from one of the pioneers of the sound that influenced that song. MC: When we first heard “Back and Forth” it stayed on the brain for hours. Why do you think it has this addictive effect? B.o.B: I think the way the music comes is the way that people hear it. Songs influence your mind. That’s the way I came up with the song. I was in a hotel room and the lyrics just slipped out. If you have a microphone handy like I did, or a microphone or a voice recorder, you can record and remember it. As an artist you don’t really control moments like that. It’s like catching lightening in a bottle. MC: The title “Violet Vibrato” is so evocative. Did the title generate that song? B.o.B: “Violet Vibrato” was a song I wrote in 2008. It predates my first album, so the lyrics are very true and literal even, but once the lyric was written it was like, “This is the title of the song.” I’ve been sitting on that song for years so I decided to record it and put it out. MC: We’ve written about Jon Bellion in this magazine. He is featured with you as a cowriter and also a guest on “Violence.” What was your working chemistry like? B.o.B: I was working with Jim Jonsin in Miami a couple of months before and he was like, “Bob, there’s this dude named Jon Bellion and you’ve really got to check him out.” I watched his video, and I thought, ‘”This is crazy, really dope stuff.” I ended up meeting him and working with him, and we went into the studio again to write songs. It was a really amazing chemistry. I compare Jon Bellion to the likes of Pharrell with a sound that can’t be duplicated. It’s all in its own world. “Violence” came about the same way. It’s crazy—all of these songs came from me playing bass or some other instrument. Jon got the idea immediately when I started playing this guitar riff. I was just messing around and he was like, “Keep playing it.” Because I kept playing it, he came up with the hook, went right into the booth, and laid it all out in one take.

MC: You have collaborated with all kinds of artists, from Bruno Mars to 2 Chainz. What do you keep in mind in terms of maintaining your identity and integrity? B.o.B: Both artists in collaboration have to have not just a respect but an understanding about what each other does and what they bring to the table sonically and methodically. Sometimes an artist might have a really simple idea. A lot of thoughts about music sometimes sound like a foreign language but it’s very simple things we’re talking about. “Instead of playing the guitar lick like this play it like that, add one kick here, in the lyrics say this part before the other part.” Very simple things that can make huge differences in a song. MC: Your music touches on and draws from so many influences; has there ever been pressure on you to streamline your approach and simplify into one genre? B.o.B: I feel like consistency is something that’s an enemy of my brand. Every time I get to the sound and think, “This is what I want to sound like,” I get into a different mood. I’m the type of writer who needs to have the freedom to create whatever I want to create. It’s hard for some people to accept that. Some people, when they hear something, label and compartmentalize it, and that’s it—that’s as far as their thought process goes. MC: And your process extends further? B.o.B: I’m the type of person who wants to push the envelope. I just let myself go wherever. I understand some people aren’t ready to experience this. It’s like a relationship, a conversation. I don’t see a boundary: Whereas other people might see a closed door, I see a runway. MC: Are the fans able to keep up? B.o.B: Honestly, if you look at the discography of my work and how fans have responded to it, it always changes. I was putting out my mixtapes, and when I put out my first album fans were like, “Why you making all of this big pop music, man? I want Bob from the mixtape days.” Then I put out Strange Clouds and they were like, “What are you doing with Taylor Swift and Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj? I want the old B.o.B from ‘Airplanes’ and ‘Nothing on You.’” Then I

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put out Underground Luxury and they were like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want Strange Clouds.â&#x20AC;? What do they want? They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what they want. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a conversation. People know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to do something different, but I think a lot of people do pay attention to it. But ultimately I want to make a project where all the B.o.B fans can come out of hiding and say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is something I can relate to.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a thing that everybody gets in on or can participate in in the social spectrum of music and how it collides with culture. MC: We caught your performance a couple of Grammy seasons back at the BMI â&#x20AC;&#x153;How I Wrote That Songâ&#x20AC;? panel with Evan Bogart, Busta Rhymes, Luke Laird and Snoop Dogg. What do you remember about that day? B.o.B: You were there? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty crazy. I remember talking to Busta Rhymes about how videos have evolved. Videos are so fucking

crazy. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bob, they used to spend a million dollars to make a video; now you try to get it down for a thousand.â&#x20AC;?

change at all. This record was like a special menu, so I had to spend time with the particular sound that I was going for.

MC: You have mentioned to the press that Psycadelik Thoughtz is a cohesive work, correct? B.o.B: Definitely. I had a lot of discussions with my team and the label about making sure that this project was one body of work and not a hodgepodge of different B.o.B. moments. Because of the different approaches, I felt like I was in a box but it was like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Okay, Bob, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool.â&#x20AC;? As I talk myself through the projects I have to be patient and work through my own personal preferences and really concentrate on the end result and the product. I compare making music to cooking food in a restaurant. Some restaurants change their menus up every week or so, and some change seasonally and some donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

MC: Tell us about your work habits. When do you like to get busy? B.o.B: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be a vampire and work late into the night. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting to a point where I work better at night. During the day Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather live life, do things and be active. At night the city slows down. I can reflect on my thoughts a little better. MC: Because it is less distracting? B.o.B: I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the rhythm of consciousness. Have you ever noticed how when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daytimeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a quiet area, like a country roadâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;it still feels like thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of shit going on? For some reason, at night everything calms down. When Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in New York, it never sleeps, so it never feels like its calm. In Atlanta I stay in the country and I want to record at night when nothingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on and people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hitting me up because everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s asleep. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a more creative time. MC: The new release came out with little notice and advance press. Why was this? B.o.B: It was supposed to just be an EP. It started with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back and Forthâ&#x20AC;?; that was the main



â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once I got into it and started understanding and developing a taste for rock music, I told myself, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I can be the bridge between hip-hop and rock.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?


entree to speak, but we wanted some appetizers, some starters and some sides. It grew into this whole project. Then the album cover didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start out as the album cover, it started as a painting I wanted made, but it ended up being this work of art. It gave me a chance to show other sides of it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all the psychedelic influencesâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;I felt like it was the perfect combination of art, sonically and visually.

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MC: It reminds us of the cover art for Axis: Bold as Love by Jimi Hendrix. B.o.B: After we started working on the painting, the artist would do sketches and I would give notes. At one point she sent me the cover of Axis, and I thought it was crazy, a coincidence of synchronicity. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the reference point that I pulled, but maybe somewhere in my subconscious mind I saw it and it was like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You should give me multiple heads and arms.â&#x20AC;? I hate to say what art represents to me, because I want people to have their own interpretations, even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what I intend. For me the cover is about being multifaceted and having different sides musically. MC: Are you into Hendrix? B.o.B: I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get into rock until my late teens. My brother used to try to get me to listen to Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t into it because I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the taste yet. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a kid you want

McDonalds––the Chicken McNuggets––you don’t want the restaurant with the fancy napkins yet. When I got older I got into rock and started listening to the Foo Fighters and Paramore and Coldplay. It’s like, once I got into it and started understanding and developing a taste for rock music, I told myself, “I can be the bridge between hip-hop and rock.” MC: Did you observe the historic cross-collateralization of the two genres? B.o.B: I know obviously there have been collaborations between hip-hop and rock since Run-DMC and Aerosmith, Rick Rubin and Jay Z. Sampling rock records like Lil Jon’s “Let’s Go”––that was a sample from “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne. Obviously hip-hop and rock and the fusion of such have been played with. But I feel like the sonics of rock music and the alternative side of rock music is the bridge between what hip-hop is. It’s not always about the extreme, distorted guitars, screaming and crowd surfing. It’s about enriching the song with layers and putting music in it that you typically wouldn’t find in hip-hop or trap music. So that was my thinking when I started picking up the guitar. But I had some fun first and I had to make my own rock songs, like “No Man’s Land” and “Out of Time” and “Goodnight” and “Monster.” “Don’t Let Me Fall” was the first song on my first album, but when I perform with my band it’s one of the best songs I perform. The more I got into that I think rock music opened me up––I ended up collaborating with Hayley from Paramore, and that band’s Jeremy Davis played bass on “Violet Vibrato.” It opened my mind up to the fact I could do anything–– meditation music if I wanted––and reveal a real evolution in my own musical preferences.

Quick Facts

rB.o.B has a record label inspired by his mixtape called No Genre.

rAmong many other artists, B.o.B has

collaborated with Jessie J., Kesha and the Atlanta-based rapper Future.

rB.o.B’s father, Bobby Ray Simmons, Sr., is a Baptist minister.

rAt nine years of age, Bobby Ray and his

family moved into an unfinished house with no water, power or electricity.

rWhile in junior high school, B.o.B formed a

group with his cousin Swag, called The Klinic.

rThe two young MCs were able to buy a

simple studio set-up that included the beatmaking program Fruity Loops.

rB.o.B failed ninth grade, passing only two subjects: Gym, because he loves sports, and Home Economics, because he also loves to cook.

rHe withdrew from high school in his senior year when he was signed to a record deal.

rB.o.B is managed by Brian “B Rich” Richardson at Defient Entertainment, who also handles Kevin Gates and Playboy Tre. See

MC: The final cut on Psycadelik Thoughtz is “Have Nots” where you talk about how you came up. One line is, “He who doesn’t love what he has will never have enough.” B.o.B: Yes, it’s true. The thing that propelled my work ethic was the “less than” situation I grew up in. I felt like I needed to go and make something of myself in the world and to be successful. Really it was me wanting to not have the financial burdens that I had as a kid when I was growing up. But I had to learn to understand to be appreciative of [having nothing] as well as having something. Ultimately what you have is not what you can buy––that lesson is what that song is about.

MC: What do you tell creative people who are coming up about the complex world of music? B.o.B: Anything is possible. If you can conceive it and have the idea, then it’s possible. When it comes to art, understand the difference between art and the business of art and it will resolve a lot of conflicts that an aspiring artist might have. But ultimately know what you what to do and what you want to say, and be liberated in doing so. MC: Bobby Ray, you’ve been very generous with your thoughts and your time. Do you have any last words for our Music Connection readers? B.o.B: Remember, don’t drink and drive... smoke and fly!

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MC: We can hear you rattling pots and pans as you talk to us. Are you making breakfast? B.o.B: Yes. If I didn’t do music I’d be a chef. My specialty go-to dishes are Mexican and Italian food. Anything spicy and anything cheesy. And I love hot food.


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Do not even think of recording or mixing your next record until youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken the time to digest the expert mastering advice in the following interviews. (Especially if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thinking of mastering to vinyl!) The four experienced mastering engineers in these roundtable-style interviews will save you time and moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and avoid the headaches and frustration that can result from ignorance and poor preparation.

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WARREN SOKOL Company: Universal Mastering

me. That can get a little hairy. But dealing with it varies from person to person.

Clientele: The Band Perry, Demi Lovato, Imagine Dragons Contact:

What’s the difference between cutting a vinyl version of a CD and actually mastering tracks specifically for vinyl?

Sokol began his career in Phoenix, AZ, in his small home studio. With the aim of turning out the best sounds possible, he bought a few pieces of mastering gear and found that he had a talent for it. He launched a studio proper and then six years ago relocated to Los Angeles landing a job as a tape archiver with Universal Mastering. Six months later a full-time production engineer position opened up and he leapt at it. Sokol now works alongside Pete Doell, head of mastering at Universal and featured in one of our previous mastering roundtables.

I don’t master for vinyl, but I have been in vinyl mastering sessions. The real difference is that vinyl has physical limitations. You can only put so much bass on it, otherwise it’ll cut the groove too wide and you can’t get the whole side on there. Same goes for volume level. If it’s too loud, it’ll cut too deep. Not only does that increase the width of the groove, but it can cut right through the vinyl. Too much treble and the cutter head can blow up. It’s all about maximizing the width and depth of the groove while trying to make it sound the same.

You can work a lot faster and get more consistent results when the client doesn’t attend. Mainly because you end up talking and making minor tweaks [when they do]. The advantage for the client is that it doesn’t cost them as much. The disadvantage is the personal disconnect. If I have a question, I can’t just turn around and ask. I have to write an email or make a call and that can delay the project for a few hours. Are all engineers able to master for vinyl? No. It takes a long time to learn that art. Vinyl being a physical medium, and every piece of music being different, you have to know all the nuances of making it sound the same when you cut it into a piece of plastic.

STEVE HALL Company: Future Disc LLC

Clientele: Barry White, Tom Petty, Madonna Contact: via Hall studied electronics in college and started as second engineer with Whitney Recording Studios in Glendale, CA, at the dawn of the ‘70s. Early clients included Disney and Barry White. One day when the Neumann VG66 cutting amplifier went down, he was able to bring it back online. As a result, the studio decided that he should learn how to master. Steve Hall continues to learn new things daily in this constantly evolving field. What are the biggest challenges facing emerging mastering engineers? Competition. When I started, there were probably a couple dozen mastering engineers in the entire country. Now there are a few hundred reputable guys. There are probably thousands doing it around the world. Attracting business What are some of the biggest challenges facing emerging mastering engineers? Getting a good room and monitoring is number one. When I started out, I bought an EQ and a compressor thinking it would make everything sound better. But it doesn’t quite work that way. Aside from great gear and a good room, you need to be able to deal with people and find out what their vision is. Are they looking to have you make their mix bigger or to leave it alone? Sometimes the mixes are great and you don’t want to mess them up. Learning where to go ahead and where not to do too much, that’s something that takes time to understand. What have been your favorite technical developments of the past few years? There’ve been companies recently making digitally controlled analog equipment. The audio path is analog but it has digital control components. I have a compressor that has a digital side chain. The part of the compressor that determines what it’s going to do to the audio is digital. So it can do things that regular audio compressors can’t but at the same time the signal path is all analog. Nothing is ever converted to digital until I want it to be. Dave Hill Designs has a compressor called Titan, which is great. Have you ever had a difficult relationship with a mix engineer? Sometimes you’ll have an artist who wants one thing, the producer or mix engineer is looking for something else and they’re all talking through

How can artists and labels cut costs? If it’s the first time they’re doing it, it’s a good idea to contact the [mastering] studio a few weeks in advance and have the engineer listen to their mixes. The other thing is organization. We sometimes spend an hour going through mixes to find the correct one. The artist could have done that at home. Time in mastering studios is expensive. What are the advantages and limitations of working with artists online?

can be a challenge. I’ve got engineers who will add a plug-in at the end of their [mixing] chain and call it good enough. What are the best ways for artists to cut costs when it comes time to master? The biggest thing you can do is try to get your mixes right in the first place by hiring somebody who knows what they’re doing. The other thing is to make sure that you deliver a mix that is ready to go and not slammed to the walls. In the worst case, send me a file–– October 2015 41

“Make sure that you deliver and not slammed to the walls.” AIF or WAV––and I can tell what needs to be altered or tweaked. Have you ever had a difficult relationship with a mixer? If so, how did you handle it? That’s tough, because you’ve got to let them go where they want to go. It’s their project. I’ve had a few circumstances where the producer or engineer wanted the thing hammered as loud as it could be. I fought them the whole way and finally gave up and said, “Okay, here you go. It is what it is. It’s against my recommendation but if that’s what you want…” That’s about all you can do. You can offer your best critique, your best advice, but ultimately it has to come down to the artist, engineer or producer because it’s their project. What’s the difference between cutting a vinyl version of a CD and actually mastering tracks specifically for vinyl?

was always one of the most frustrating things. When you do this for as long as I have, you don’t even think about some of your choices. It becomes automatic. If you spend tons of time explaining them, it runs up the tab. However, the advantage of having clients in the room is that you have instant input. An artist can tell you if they don’t like the sound of something. Are all engineers able to master for vinyl? No. Only the engineers who mastered for vinyl [originally] can do it. They’re a dying breed. We lost Doug Sax this year. He was probably one of the greatest vinyl mastering engineers of all time. It’s a learned process. There’s no way you can stand in front of a lathe and start cutting vinyl. You have to understand the limitations of the playback stylus, bottom end, vertical stereo information with low-frequency information and how that affects the whole cut of the disc. Things are EQed for vinyl differently too,

What are some of the biggest challenges that face emerging mastering engineers? An emerging mastering engineer today has to have their own vision. If this is going to be your job, you have to think commercially. Today that means getting all of the social media that you can get your hands on and all of the selfpromotion that you can afford. There’s going to be a lot of competition for the same work. Then, hopefully, every job you do will be of a high standard, which will be your best advertisement. Getting people to appreciate that what you do is a cut above [is key]. What have been your favorite technical developments of the past few years? What I thought was going to be a wonderful development was leaving behind CD for a higher resolution. Unfortunately, it went the other way: the industry is leaving CD behind for a lower resolution. The biggest challenge for us is to do something about that. The advent of the DAWs that we work in are starting to be a base that is usable. Sonically, they’re improving. The peripheral I/Os have gotten better too. What are the best ways for artists to cut costs? Prepare for your session. Know what the mastering engineer will need by asking or being told. Do as much work as you can without influencing the final result. If you’ve got edits to do, do them. If you’ve got choices to make, make them. Present your mastering engineer with what you love [so that they can] make it all that it can be. If you leave the choices to your engineer, you may be disappointed. Have you ever had a difficult relationship with a mix engineer?

There are a lot of things that go into mastering vinyl. You have elliptical equalizers, which mono the bass. That makes the record more trackable on loud left or right passages where the bottom end may go hard to the left or hard right. That needs to be kept in the middle so that the stylus doesn’t go up and down but from side-to-side, which keeps the record from skipping. It’s important to monitor sibilance and things like that because of the curvature of the playback stylus. If you’ve ever listened to a record from the first cut to the last, you’ll notice that there is not near the dynamic high-end information on the inside of the disc as there is on the outside. What are the advantages and limitations of doing projects solely online? The advantages are that I’m very efficient with my time. I don’t have to explain every move. That

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because of the loss of high-end information towards the center of the disc.


Clientele: Tom Petty, Dixie Chicks, Bob Seger Contact: via Originally from London, Dodd got his start mixing in 1970. He worked in London and other cities around the world before settling in Nashville in ‘91. Not every mastering engineer was able to transition successfully from vinyl to CD, he saw, not to mention later formats. Indeed, a number of his clients were dissatisfied with the masters they were getting so he shifted his focus to mastering, a field to which he felt he could contribute. Richard Dodd has since won five Grammys and received seven nominations.

Yes, I have. You can use either a stick or a carrot. I’m the sort of person that will use the carrot first and I’ll end up with the stick. If I poke it in my own eye, then so be it. I can be opinionated, but I imagine that I’m not always correct. I’m prepared to hold to my principles. If I believe that I’m correct, I’ll take it all the way. But I’m also smart enough to recognize that I’m not the client when it’s somebody else’s call. There are cases where you have to extricate yourself from a project. What’s the difference between cutting a vinyl version of a CD and actually mastering tracks specifically for vinyl? When the processing is just to make the CDs appear to be louder, you can dial that back and release some of the natural dynamics, provided they’ve been given to you. However, the volume wars that people refer to for CD, there are [also] volume wars for vinyl. The difference is that with

a mix that is ready to go . . . CDs, the war is nuclear. With vinyl, it’s bows and arrows. During the vinyl era, the main quest was to get it loud. The volume wars aren’t new. But the ability to trick vinyl was much less. It separated the men from the boys with respect to mastering engineers. What are the advantages and limitations of working with artists online? The advantage is that I don’t have to suffer my own failing of judging the client based on their personality and consequently judging the project. When you don’t know the person, you can treat a project for what it is. Of course that’s something that you should do anyway. In most cases, I can make it more affordable by not having the client there, because I don’t have to answer questions about how great it was to work with George Harrison. They’re welcome to ask those questions, but the answers come at my hourly rate. While they’re there, they’re paying.

Years ago Greg Calbi turned me on to cabling and how it can affect sound. Solid silver cables from Wireworld and other high-end copper cables have a sound and a different response in frequency and timing. They’re expensive, but I can hear the difference instantly. When you have four pieces of analog gear in series, the degradation with copper wire is noticeable. With silver, it’s as clean as the original signal. Also, I’ve discovered how critical it is to have good power cables.

vinyl version of a CD and actually mastering tracks specifically for vinyl? I don’t do vinyl mastering, but I’ve collaborated on it. The resolution of a CD isn’t up to what it could be at 44.1 [Hz sampling rate] so I would take higher-res or an analog two-track master. I prefer two-track tape to go to vinyl rather than digital. The transients are a little smoother. And vinyl, of course, has all kinds of different constraints in terms of phase, low-end and how

Are all engineers able to master for vinyl? No. Although that’s not a very generous answer. The only way to properly master vinyl is next to a lathe. You need to do tests back and forth to know that your choices are the best they can be. Mastering for vinyl does leave a little in the bank as far as guesswork. If you’ve got somebody who knows what they’re doing, they might gamble and make an adjustment. Unless you know who’s going to do the final stage, there’s a lot of guesswork.

GORDON BAHARY Company: Right Touch Mastering

Clientele: Stevie Wonder, Ramsey Lewis, Herbie Hancock Contact: Bahary got his start as a producer with Vanguard Records in the ‘70s. It wasn’t long until he found mastering inspiration in mastering stars Howie Weinberg and Greg Calbi. Indeed, Weinberg taught him the value of cheap, thin cable when doing digital transfers. Later, Sam Ash gave him one of the first Pro Tools digital editors (when it was still “Sound Tools”). It had been broken-in on the road and the dents showed. He has continued to build his digital and analog gear stash over the years and recently relocated from New York City to Marin County near San Francisco. Bahary still maintains a space in Manhattan. What are some of the biggest challenges facing emerging mastering engineers? The most common problem is over-processing and over-compression. Artists often hear a finished recording in their head. They’re hearing what would typically be a mastered record. They’re trying to do a pre-master too much. It’s important to have a dialog [before submitting tracks to be mastered]. Also, to have great gear, that’s hard to pay for. What have been your favorite technical developments of the past few years?

“Years ago Greg Calbi turned me on to cabling and how it can affect sound. Solid silver cables from Wireworld and other high-end copper cables have a sound and a different response in frequency and timing. They’re expensive, but I can hear the difference instantly.” How can artists cut costs? Not to have to repeat a project. When a client says, “Bring up the bass,” that can sometimes cause problems, which I’ll explain to them. Sometimes they’ll insist, and a week later they’ll come back after listening on different systems. That’s common. It’s important to have a good monitoring system. Play a mix in a few different places before asking for things. Have you ever had a difficult relationship with a mix engineer? I haven’t. I respect when a mixer says, “I’ve gotten this pretty close to what I want. Please don’t go over x number of dB.” Sometimes, however, a recording could use more compression than a mixer may realize. There are some purists that don’t want it. But you need it sometimes. What’s the difference between cutting a

much time is on the record in terms of groove widths. It’s an art that I don’t do but I respect it. Are all engineers able to master for vinyl? No. There are physical issues with the cutting lathe. It’s a science and an art. I would master something even sonically different for vinyl. What are the advantages and limitations of doing projects solely online? I’m trying to set up a higher-quality streaming so that clients can listen while we Skype. It’s nice to see the person and for them to see the gear [during mastering]. Otherwise it’s kind of impersonal. The problem with online is that you can’t have a quick dialog. The back and forth via email can be time-consuming. At the beginning [of an attended session], you can tell what kind of problems you might have. It’s like driving and watching the behavior of other drivers.

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How Performance Calamities Can Help You Shine Making Lemonade from Lemons


very performer faces challenges, but it is how you deal with them that make the difference. From an audience perspective, performing can look easy when you’re skilled at it. What they don’t see is what every performer knows, and that is, it’s not. It takes practice, patience, training and experience to “look” like it is effortless (or for it to truly “be” effortless). Plus, a great performer develops a “can do” professional attitude to make the best of any situation and make it work in the moment. Here are some tips that will help you make some sweet “lemonade” from any sour occurrence during a performance.

that your training, technique and experience holds you through it and allows you to take your performance to the highest level. 5. Stay in the song. The song is your emotional context—especially for singers. If you are truly in the song, that is your focus. Interruptions, technical difficulties, band difficulties, audience activities (coming in— going out) handled well are a passing thing. Handled badly, it only makes things worse. You are there to give your best performance,

1. Be enthusiastic. Enthusiasm is contagious. Many performers and bands have a difficult time (and consequently a bad attitude) if the venue isn’t full, the sound isn’t great, etc. Your audience, no matter how big or small (even if it’s just the bar staff), wants to be engaged and like you. Pretend you’re in a huge arena (it’s good practice) and give them a reason to root for you. 2. If you’re the front person/lead singer, you set the tone. The front person’s main job is to engage the audience (unless you’re Oasis’ Liam Gallagher—but that’s another story), communicate the song and command the stage. Of course, there are many more tasks (like sing well or dance!), but the band takes its cues from the lead singer in terms of energy and handling situations that arise. Hint: Don’t ever criticize or admonish your audience or audience members. This can go south quickly. It is better to ask someone ahead of time, like the club or a manager, to handle rude behavior or loud talking, etc. 3. Be in the moment. Remember that music, in general, and singing, in particular, are “right now” propositions. Being present in the moment is key to making “lemonade” from challenging, difficult and embarrassing situations. 4. Not perfect, but genuine and real. Audiences want to see you—not you as “perfect”—but you as an artist they can relate to. How you get to a moving performance is by letting go of having to be great and perfect. This means 44 September 2015 October 2015

something over on stage, your guitarist breaks a string, etc.—it’s okay to motion or talk to the audience, crack a joke and so on. The audience is not your enemy. 8. Go with the flow. This means take the whole experience as it comes. Here’s an example. My band once played a club that was having major technical difficulties as we arrived. We, and all the other acts, were delayed, having to wait for them to get it working and hope that the audience would wait, too. When we finally started setting up, our bassist told me that he needed to leave due to another gig. Talk about a curve ball! Playing without a bass player is not what I had envisioned and had no clue how to handle. I could have fought with him, insisted he stay or refused to pay him—but I didn’t. I thought, “Okay, if that’s the way we need to perform, so be it; we’ll make it work!” I offered to pay him and let him go. Remarkably, he decided to stay, and the set went great. Lemonade! 9. Be professional and respectful. A professional attitude can make the difference between a huge scene and a small adjustment. It’s okay to stand your ground on some things, if it makes a difference in your performance, but make sure you are calm and professional.

and the key to that is in the song. It is in that context only that the artist truly shines. 6. Transform the moment. I saw U2 perform at the Oakland Coliseum back during their Joshua Tree tour, and I was sitting way in the back. I remember something happened to The Edge’s guitar, but Bono and the band never stopped. In fact, Bono engaged the audience by asking them to sing with him. The entire place rang with their voices. So huge, in fact, it became an experience (not just a performance). By accepting what happened and responding by embracing the audience, Bono and the band created something magical. In that moment, I knew I wanted to do that—move people through music. 7. Embrace the audience as your friend. Talk in-between songs and introduce yourself to them. Be open and share your experience. If a mishap occurs—you trip or knock

10. See performing as an adventure. Performing is a choice and a gift. It always changes. With challenges come big rewards, if you can meet them with an open attitude. For inspiration, think of Prince’s performance in the pouring rain at the Super Bowl. He defied the “lemons,” rose to the occasion, and gave the performance of his life! TERI DANZ, Ed.M., is “America's Vocal Coach” and a club hit recording artist. She specializes in pop vocal technique, performance coaching and vocal producing; with a focus on vocal resonance and technique, range and presentation. Named one of the Top Vocal Coaches in Backstage magazine (6-25-15), Danz was also a Backstage 2014 Reader's Choice Finalist. Her writings include the book, Vocal Essentials For The Pop Singer: Take Your Singing from Good to Great (Hal Leonard Inc.), and articles for Electronic Musician, Music Connection, EQ, Roland and Boss Users Group Magazines, Guitar Player and many more. Danz also publishes The Singer’s Newsletter (free to subscribers) with monthly tips and sponsors, Casio, Sennheiser and The Modern Vocalist World. An accomplished singer/songwriter, her act has PRO Endorsements by Sennheiser and Graph Tech. See

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Environment of People Foundation

Using the Power of Music to Nurture and Heal


inding a way to help people is always a nice idea. Occasionally that idea can even become a noble one, especially when it involves helping those who need it the most–– like children who live with challenges. The Environment of People Foundation (EOPF), launched in 2000 as a non-profit charitable organization, was set up to do just that. Founded by EOPF president Dennis Dreith and Board of Directors member Shari Hoffman, the goal of the Foundation is to help and support children with disabilities by ensuring that music is a central part of their lives and growth. Indeed, EOPF uses the power of music to nurture and heal. Both Dreith and Hoffman are intimately familiar with music and its effect on people. They began their careers as artists, and continue to write and perform as creative talents today. They’re also executives at AFM & SAG-AFTRA where they help recording artists collect royalties and funds due them. In fact, it was Dreith’s work on behalf of recording artists that spawned the idea. “I was in Japan to negotiate an agreement concerning recording musicians,” Dreith recalls. “But they wanted to produce a concert for children with disabilities before we conducted business.” Dreith discovered that the Japanese prefer to befriend you before doing business and that the request was culturally based. As it turned out, he says, “The experience was so profound, I wanted to do the same in the United States.” He told Hoffman about it, and together they formed a brain trust that led to the formation of the Environment of People Foundation. “I was already familiar with the power of music,” Hoffman relates. “While in New York I saw how it changed lives when Roberta Guaspari founded the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music for at-risk students (the subject of a 1999 feature film Music of the Heart starring Meryl Streep). “I also saw how music and even simple drum rhythms affected children, who were close to a vegetative state, in a positive and inspiring way.”

Accordingly, Dreith and Hoffman began looking for programs that would not only benefit from the Foundation’s mission, but would also help to fulfill it. As a result, over the past 15 years EOPF has presented fundraising initiatives for programs such as the Opus 118 East Harlem Violin Program, Nordoff-Robbins (a creative music therapy

have been diagnosed with Autism, Down syndrome and other challenges begin to understand––through the medium of music–– the simple act of responding to someone. Music therapy is not new or unproven. It is an ancient method for healing. Music neutralizes negative feelings, increases stress tolerance levels and harmonizes inner peace. Indeed, it is an established form of creative art therapy that has proven beneficial in activating and supporting mental and psychophysical recovery. Several scientific reviews have shown the positive effects of music therapy in different clinical and therapeutic settings, with recent research clearly indicating that music therapy can help to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. And that is exactly what EOPF intends to do. This year, the Foundation is presenting its sixth annual New York in Hollywood fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 4, at CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA. The event will be held on the “New York Street” back lot. This family-friendly affair, co-hosted by Laura San Giacomo (Saving Grace, Shoot Me, Pretty Woman, Sex, Lies, and Videotape) and James Pickens Jr. (Grey’s Anatomy, The X-Files), will feature a celebrity red carpet, a silent auction, top musical acts and a special appearance from The Sunshine Singers, the performance group of the CSUN Music Therapy Wellness Clinic program. This fundraiser promises to be a spectacular day of activities for kids of all ages, and will offer an exciting opportunity to be connected with a most worthwhile cause. Worthwhile, indeed… Both Dennis Dreith and Shari Hoffman have not only dedicated a significant portion of their lives to this worthy cause, they have also reaped tangible rewards by doing so. “When we hand a check over and see all the kids smile and feel the affection they give back to us,” Dreith reveals, “I get way more out of it than I give.” Hoffman concurs, “Working on this project is just a joy. It warms my heart.”

“The experience was so profound, I wanted to do the same in the United States.”

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innovation) and, most recently, The Music Therapy Wellness Clinic at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). The CSUN Clinic is especially close to the Foundation’s heart, since it provides specially designed music activities for children and adults with disabilities and challenges (e.g. autism, developmental delay, physical, mental and emotional disorders and learning disabilities). The Clinic is dedicated to creating an environment where someone with challenges can acquire necessary life skills through the unique and enjoyable medium of music. With the help of music therapists at CSUN’s Music Therapy Clinic, children who

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The Nightowls


Fame Sessions




Nine Mile Records Producer: The Nightowls

Sony Music Entertainment Producer: Jonas Quant

This is the sophomore release for the Austin, TX horn-based soul band. Products of their environment, these youngsters cut their teeth on Stax and Motown royalty. So much so, that they actually cut principal tracks at Muscle Shoals, AL’s legendary Fame studios. Tunes like “Get Up” and “Highline” will certainly inspire one to shake a tail feather. And the heartfelt sentiment of Ryan Harkrider’s vocals on the melancholy “Sad Sad Song” can’t be denied. But for all the band’s attention to authenticity and detail, some of the production seems a tad too polished. Sometimes imperfections make all the difference. – Eric A. Harabadian

Fans of new wave synth-pop will comfortably gravitate toward English duo Hurts’ most recent softhearted transmission, while their skyrocketing popularity will mystify everyone else. Appealing textures may shimmer throughout these sentimental, club-tailored tracks, yet nary a moment surfaces where both bleeding-heart passion and attention-grabbing soundscapes combine into something beyond weepy sentiments bolstered by a solid beat. Despite their avid following among Europe’s dance-oriented scene, imagining similar levels of admiration reaching American shores could best be described as an exercise in theoretical absurdism. – Andy Kaufmann

Dr. Dre


Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre




Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Producers: Various

Loma Vista Producer: Klas Ahlund

The Grand Finale has ultimately arrived. Inspired by the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, Dr. Dre releases his third and concluding solo album with guest features from rap heavyweights and emerging artists whom listeners should watch for. Soundtrack is ruthless, realistic and reminiscent. In 16 tracks that are consistent with the times, Dre beautifully orchestrates the good, the bad and the violent from the Hub City. From “Talk About It” to “Talking to My Diary,” he leaves no stone unturned. And with a strong ensemble of musicians/producers to help deliver this concluding anthology, one can only be left feeling bittersweet. – Adam Seyum

“There’s no return from this excursion of possibilities.” So sings Ghost singer Papa Emeritus III on “Spirit,” the opening track to the hard-rock band’s flawless third album, Meloria. In the ensuing 40 minutes, the Swedes explore hard rock from a myriad of melodic angles, proving throughout that while their Satanic presentation may be offensive, their music is undeniably accessible. Ghost’s flamboyant ghoul costumes drew a litany of “gimmick band” criticisms early on. But there’s no room left for that debate, thanks to an album containing 10 songs that each have hit-single potential. – Kurt Orzeck

Mark Winkler

Matt Nathanson

Jazz and Other Four Letter Words


Café Pacific Records Producers: Barbara Brighton and Mark Winkler One of the Los Angeles jazz scene’s vocal treasures and most clever and heartfelt wordsmiths, Mark Winkler is all about staying fresh, cool and delightfully crafty and hip. This eclectic, freewheeling set centers on a stylish mix of gorgeously rendered standards (Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart) and spirited, wordplay-rich originals dedicated to all that’s cool, offbeat and whimsical (“Your Cat Plays Piano”). Fronting some of the city’s top jazz talents, the engaging singer includes infectious duets with Cheryl Bentyne, a horn splashed Paul Simon rarity and a nod to unabashed romance (“I Chose the Moon”). – Jonathan Widran

Blitzen Trapper All Across This Land Vagrant Records Producer: Gregg Williams


Envision something akin to Bob Dylan singing songs written and arranged by Bruce Springsteen. That’s the gist of All Across This Land, the return to form from Portland’s acclaimed experimental quintet whose repertoire spans everything from metal to country/folk, despite labeling themselves simply a conventional rock band. Eric Earley’s moonlightdappled lyrics spread mile-wide smiles, but the best material on this album is loaded up front, leaving the record’s balance to slowly peter out. Still, one could do worse than soaking up this carefully crafted slice of Americana. – Andy Kaufmann

Show Me Your Fangs


Vanguard Records Producers: AZEEM; Jonny Coffer; Rob Kleiner; Jake Sinclair; Alex Suarez This is the 10th recording from the prolific troubadour, and it proves to be one of Nathanson’s more observational albums as he shares deeper stories and songs about the complexities of life. Tracks like “Bill Murray” and the title tune explore self identity and how people choose to reveal themselves to others. To Nathanson’s credit he never loses his focus despite the inclusion of multiple producers. From the ‘70s soul vibe of “Gold in the Summer Time” to the infectious big chorus/calypso mashup of “Giants,” it all emanates from the singer/songwriter’s varied and engaging kaleidoscopic vision. – Eric A. Harabadian

Coheed & Cambria The Color Before The Sun


Everything Evil Records/300 Entertainment Producer: Jay Joyce When a band has released seven intertwined concept albums, a certain precedence is born. The Color Before The Sun has an overall pop delivery—for fans of their 2003 single “Blood Red Summer”— but lacks the creative consistency to keep this Coheed apologist engaged. While hitor-miss, standouts include “Island,” “Here to Mars” and “You Got Spirit, Kid.” As frontman Claudio Sanchez put it, “I kind of want people to know that Coheed can write that sort of record.” Well, now that that’s out of their system, here’s to hoping the prog-rockers’ ninth release is an epic return to form. – Andy Mesecher

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Dustin Prinz

Dessy di Lauro

Contact: Web: Seeking: Film/TV Style: Indie Acoustic

Contact: Web: Seeking: Film/TV, Booking Agt, Attorney, Mgmt Style: Neo-Ragtime, Contemp. R&B

Right from jump, this Houston singer/ songwriter’s tenor (captured and mixed in pristine, unadorned fashion) is a charmer. His organic acoustic backup, with its restrained drums/percussion, allows the solid melodic hook of “Feeling It” to really take hold, making way for an agile guitar solo—a perfect song to accompany a film in which two lovers meet for the first time. “Mr. Twiddle Thumbs” shows Prinz to be adept at injecting humor into his tunes. He seals the deal with us on “No Need to Know,” a spare arrangement that demands his falsetto and guitar to carry the day—and they do, admirably so. The artist’s inherent warmth and sincerity makes this love song glow. Prinz is a gifted communicator.

Get this act a Las Vegas residency––NOW. Already a buzz band with its theatrical, audience-wowing live presentation, these recordings show di Lauro to be an excellent singer whose daring, high concept––a fusion of classic ‘20s, Cab Calloway-style burlesque revue with modern R&B and hip-hop flavors––is altogether clever, tuneful and engaging. “Go Head D (Hi-D-Ho),” “Let Me Hear You...,” and the torchy “His Name Is Jack” thrive on call-and-response tactics that take the vitality right into the audience. At its center is di Lauro herself, a performer whose expressive voice is gifted with the grit and tonalities to pull it all off. At the end of the day, this is an act that needs an ambitious manager and a booker with vision.

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Rabid Young

Disciples of Babylon

Contact: Web: Seeking: Publicity, Label, Mgmt, Booking Style: Electro-Rock, Pop

Contact: Web: Seeking: Label, Booking, Film/TV Style: Rock, Hard Rock

A fascination with vintage synthesizers, a powerful vocal attack, and hooky material all add up to a well-produced, extremely promising quintet from Las Vegas. Kick-ass drum tones propel “Pieces,” but never overshadow Eric Rickey’s lead vocals or the backup singers who bring a gleefuly distinctive verve to the party. An edgy, keening guitar riff on the mid-tempo “Not Enough” is a showcase for the band’s ability to craft not only good hooks but engaging pop lyrics. Same goes for the group’s best, “Beautiful Things,” which we could easily imagine hearing on alt-rock radio’s playlists. We admire how this band artfully infuses its material with vintage colors, but in a way that is thoroughly modern and, heck, fun.

These well-produced, radio-ready rockers not only can play, but they have a lead singer in Eric Knight who really commands the mic. “Karma” is a standard-issue, high-energy put-down song that, while familiar as hell, gets the job done, right down to its terse, searing guitar solo. We really got interested, though, upon hearing “Arrived”––its delicate, acoustic intro and crafty buildup deliver an urgent amount of emotion at the finale, showing really nice finesse in the use of echo and subtle effects. Knight really shines on “The Great Pretend,” showing his skills with a battery of soaring inflections and rangey resonances.These are ideal tracks for film and TV usage, and the band seems more than capable of setting fire to a live stage.

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Adrian Croom

Rick Elliot

Contact: Web: Seeking: Booking, Film/TV Style: Electronic, Soundtrack, Experimental

Contact: Web: Seeking: Label, Booking, Film/TV Style: Country

Composer Adrian Croom has superior skills and is able to conjure the kind of instrumentals that invigorate the mind’s eye. We can’t overstate how evocative his themes can be. “Lunar Adagio” exudes a forbidding interstellar beauty as it builds steadily to a booming, kettle-drummed march. “Until Now” rides a simple, tranquil piano melody, an understated beat and harmonized trumpets. We think “sci-fi fantasia” when we hear the atmospheric, digital-meets-analog, hi-techmeets-hi-touch “Carina,” which has a classic Vangelis/Blade Runner essence. Overall, we like how this composer deftly injects analog instruments (mandolin, trumpet, piano) into his work, which is mainly electronic. Croom deserves film or TV scoring gigs.

Such a deep, pure, mature resonance from this young artist surprises us, as does the throwback essence of his sound, which radiates the polite formality of another era. Case in point is the easygoing, waltz-timed “Lover & Liars,” perfectly realized right down to the swaying steel-guitar solo and the girl backup singers. Elliot’s native amiability is the right fit for the accordian-laced “Why,” where he tells the story of a lovable louse. Unique by modern standards, Elliot has a lot going for himself, but on the brisk, celebratory “Let It Shine” it seems the singer is coasting when he really should be soaring. As good as his natural voice is, he’d do even better if he’d pop a shot of adrenaline into his leads to really take charge of his tight band.

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The Baltic

Aries Deng

Contact: Web: Seeking: Label Style: Dreampop, Dreamrock, Shoegaze

Contact: Web: Seeking: Label Style: Electro/Progressive House, Electronic

Revelling in cool guitar tones, gorgeous realms of reverb and the influence of psychedelic-pop forebears (The Beatles, Spiritualized/Spaceman 3, Rain Parade), Denver’s The Baltic is uniquely captivating. While “Turquoise” pays homage to the Fabs’ “Tomorrow Never Knows,” it’s a more daring and expansive composition with its dense, dreamy vocals and a variety of tempos. The enchanting, hypnotic “72 Hours” is almost an instrumental as its choir of voices blends into something luxurious. Very cinematic, film/TV oriented stuff. Most commercial for radio is “San Francisco,” a solid pop-rocker with lead vocal. We dig this band’s ambitious vision and urge them to master the production chops that can realize it.

Composer/producer Aries Deng presents instrumental themes as well as electronic dance songs featuring guest singers. Our favorite, and clearly representing her strength, is “April.” A blend of classic piano melody and EDM dance tempos, this instrumental theme deftly segues from one motif to the other, even deploying a synthesizer-rendered classical string section as it builds to its climax and cool-down. A bit less engaging are the dance tunes, “A Midsummer Night” and “Guide Me Home.” While both feature decent 4/4 hooks and generate equal amounts of poignancy and jubilation, both songs are basically by-the-numbers, with weak, hackneyed lyrics that seem like an afterthought, even for this genre.

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Cascade Riot

Sal Filipelli

Contact: Web: Seeking: All Inquiries Style: Rock

Contact: Web: Seeking: Label, Booking, Film/TV, Distr. Style: Soul, Funk, R&B, Rock, Experimental

These Detroiters have got the whole pop-punk trio thing down––and should go straight to the nearest Warped Tour stage. Though the songs kinda blend into a formulaic similarity, the band delivers its straight-ahead, punk-fueled fare with unerring, extremely tight performances all around. We appreciate what sounds like the sneering influence of Johnny Rotten and Jello Biafra in the lead vocals; but perhaps due to an “allfor-one/one-for-all” ethos those lead vocals are somewhat buried, enjoying no favoritism in the mix. Cascade Riot’s most effective number is the brief “There’s Something In There,” the band’s most appealing, commercial sounding song, a tune that could work very nicely in a teen flick.

Musician/composer/producer Filipelli and his guest vocalists combine for tracks steeped in classic horn-fueled ‘60s/‘70s soul/pop/funk not unlike Sly & the Family Stone, whose legendary frontman contributes vocals on two tracks here: “Role Model” and “One More Hit.” The former is soulful and easygoing, with a nice female vocal and Sly’s rap/ chant “I’m the real model, not a role model!” The latter song is downbeat and features a liberal use of wah-effects and a group vocal that lends it a theatrical air. In fact, we advise Filipelli to consider writing a period-flavored musical, perhaps kicking it off with “New York,” his short, vibrant slice of funk-pop. There are, perhaps, film/TV possibilities here as well.

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Lucid, The DreamWaker

Eddy Walda

Contact: Web: Seeking: Label, Distribution, Film/TV Style: Hip-Hop

Contact: Web: Seeking: Label, Film/TV Style: Indie Pop, Solo Piano

An Indiana-based artist, Lucid offers an artful, higher-consciousness hip-hop where he exercises his sonic creativity in ways that we find both compelling and frustrating. “Birds Fly Like Lovers Do” has a catchy, danceable beat, an enticing trumpet, sound effects and dialogue drops to keep us interested. A sinister bassline carries “Motherless Child” and its urgent, socially conscious lyric flow. The warm, sensual “Love Always Wins” is graced by an appealing female singer who delivers the song’s simple truth. Each song, however, is undermined by an overindulgence in poorly modulated sound effects. Such over-ambition seems to be this artist’s downfall right now and we urge him to trim his future tracks for maximum impact.

Intriguing or insufferable––it’s your choice–– as Boston-based artist Eddy Walda presents a collection of stripped-down recordings whose melodies are as engaging as his voice is limited. Though some artists have made a cult career out of their pitch-deprived singing abilities, it will be harder for Walda to make the same case, as his material is not as inherently off-kilter and eccentric as his vocal delivery. Instead, his songs all possess strong melodic hooks better suited to a more conventional, commercial rendering than he opts for here. As they are now, these recordings (“Can’t You See,” the ukulelefueled “Alright” and the touching piano ballad “Sunset of You”) seem like songwriter demos with potential.

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Cafe Fais Do Do

Los Angeles, CA

Contact: Web: The Players: Doug Grean, guitar, vocals; Keith Larsen, drums, vocals; John Spence, bass, vocals; Valerie Taylor, keys, vocals.

Musicianship: For a relatively new band on the scene, The Terpsichords seem like they’ve always been here, with an organic, timeless sound. Having honed his skills alongside some of the most iconic musicians in New Orleans, guitarist Grean knows how to get the most out of the electric guitar. Band co-founder and drummer Keith Larsen, along with bassist John Spence, deliver anchoring beats that propel the music forward, while keyboardist Valerie Taylor adds some serious funk and stellar vocals to the offering. Performance: The show boasted two sets of music: the first focused on a mix of covers and original cuts; the second featured a Dave Malone guest spot. The night also marked the birthday of the late Jerry Garcia, one of

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THE TERPSICHORDS Grean’s early influencers, so the band briefly diverted from their usual fare to pay homage to the Grateful Dead with two deep cut covers, including “Crazy Fingers.” While appreciated by some of the fans, it was clear the band weren’t quite comfortable with the material and were happy to move on to their roots. A funkified version of The Band’s “Cripple Creek” got the crowd moving, and grooveinspired originals kept the energy high before Malone hit the stage for a raucous closing jam session.


Material: Unique to the Los Angeles music scene, The Terpsichords deliver old-school, New Orleans style funk that would feel right at home on stage at Tipitina’s. Fronted by veteran producer/guitarist Doug Grean, the band is made up of accomplished session and touring musicians offering up—in typical New Orleans style—a mostly instrumental performance. The first set mixed covers and original tracks from their debut album, Burt Reynolds, while a jam-heavy second set, featuring guitarist Dave Malone of The Radiators, closed out the night.

Summary: The Terpsichords are a breath of fresh air in a city where music, art and culture often feel disposable and “the next big thing” is dramatically overvalued. Their collective talent and experience lends to a mature, confident sound that is rare to find in the local L.A. scene. While the music is clearly what drives the performance, connectivity with the audience was missing at times, particularly in the first set. However, the group increased the energy later in the show and the audience responded in kind. – Grant Stoner

West Hollywood, CA

Web: Contact: The Players: Micah McCullough, vocals; Nate Kotur, drums; Jason Dutton, guitar; Zach Fenimore, guitar; Aaron Mercier, bass.

Musicianship: Kings of Carnage are a work in progress, but have a mainstream metal style that has potential. Vocalist Micah McCullough is the band’s brawn. He matches the aggressive, heavy, speedy riffs with his fluid melodic vocals. McCullough presents a patterned vocal range and timbre akin to many other metal bands, including Avenged Sevenfold. In contrast to McCullough’s exceptional vocals is drummer Nate Kotur, who’s an underdeveloped musician with a stock playing style, often straying little from a basic 4/4 beat. The guitars and bass are the muscle of the band. Both guitarists Zach Fenimore and Jason Dutton share similar capabilities and often harmonize and solo together. Bassist Aaron Mercier is the glue that holds the unit together. The most mature musician in the band, he led with groove-heavy and 52 October 2015



Material: A modern metal band from Hollywood, Kings of Carnage comprises military veterans whose songs are a reflection of their lives in the service. Their live set is mainly limited to the songs on their recent debut album, The Crimson Stone, featuring the single “Broken Soul,” which was created while the band members were deployed in Afghanistan.

refined bass lines and added some flair to an otherwise generic metal band.

arrangement of Devo’s “Whip It,” a true crowdpleaser.

Performance: Considering the constraints of limited stage space, Kings of Carnage performed a lively, physical show to a packed house, near capacity for the venue. The band and audience shared each other’s verve. The musicians also interacted well with each other, moving across the stage, leaning in and head-banging together. The night came to a close when the band peformed a fun

Summary: Kings of Carnage have stage presence and they know how to generate performance energy—invaluable assets to any live act—but those qualities will never be able to cover up the band’s Achilles heel: uneven, inept musicianship. When they can match their tenacity with tight, consistent musicianship, there’s no telling how far these Kings could go. – Macie Bennett

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Whisky a Go Go

West Hollywood, CA

Material: Oklahoma-based band Kirra is looking to bring true rock back to the forefront with “Fly,” “Tappy Girlmore” and (personal favorite), “Lay You Down.” While the songs tend to blend together on the group’s debut album, they take on new life when experienced live. Most notably, “Fly” is the band’s most diverse track and leaves little question as to why it was chosen as their lead single. This bit of diversity, however, may not yet be enough to make the band stand out in a crowded genre. Musicianship: There is no denying that the band can play and sing, but it is lead guitarist Daxton Page who truly dazzles with his solos. Unfortunately, his virtuosity tends to overshadow his bandmates. Singer Jesse Williamson is inconsistent. His talent shines through, then dims noticeably before shining through again. This may be due to nerves and will be remedied with more performances. The live versions of their songs, however, do add a bit of charisma and an “IT” factor that is lacking in the recorded versions. Kirra would



Contact: Web: The Players: Jesse Williamson, lead vocals, rhythm guitar; Daxton Page, lead guitar; Ryne McNeill, bass, backing vocals; Zach Stafford, drums.

do well to harness their live energy in the studio when it comes to making their next recording.

and McNeill adds a great bass layer—but there remains a certain disconnect.

Performance: The band has the components that, separately, make them a good rock act. They follow the formula of groups such as 8stops7, Godsmack and Seether to a T. The problem is, the pieces haven’t fit together yet. Williamson has the voice, Page plays one hell of a solo, Stafford’s muscle drives the music

Summary: Kirra is on the correct path to bringing back the rock sound of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, but they haven’t put it together yet. Currently the band lacks stage presence and vitality and they should treat their next performances as golden opportunities to hone their stagecraft. – Victoria Patneaude


Red Bank RiverFest

Red Bank, NJ

Contact: Web: The Players: Sam Sims, vocals, guitar, ukulele, harmonica; Dimitris Kulaga, percussion, full drum kit, backup vocals; Kyle Ward, lead guitar, backup vocals; Aaron Manzo, bass, backup vocals. Material: Folk-rock artist Sam Sims’ eclectic style blends acoustic-based songs by infusing them with rock elements, as well as Hawaiian influences, a culture that he has gravitated to after numerous visits there. (Sims also writes many of his songs on the ukulele.) As a performer, he describes himself as a musician 54 October 2015


timbre is similar and his style easy to embrace. He doesn’t over-sing or resort to stylistic vocal tricks to put across the material. Sims gets strong support from his three bandmates who connect well to their frontman, the music and above of all, each other. Kulaga on percussion and drum kit supplies the light but necessary rhythmic touches to complement Sims while Ward injects well-timed guitar fills and Manzo adeptly tows the line on bass.

who “encourages positivity by performing high quality music” and also one who “provides music education through performance and charitable outreach.” This is evident in his songs’ subject matter and overall tone. In “It is Love,” Sims espouses all the things that comprise real and true love; a tender ballad (in the style of a list song): “It’s never angry, it’s never sad, it’s never jaded, it’s always glad. It’s never jealous, it’s never wrong”… paying off with the tag line “It is love.” In “War Become Love,” Sims puts forth this message—accurately summed up in its title— in a non-preachy or judgmental way. Musicianship: It’s easy to see why Jim Croce is one of this performer’s influences. Sims’ vocal

Performance: The artist delivered a comprehensive and reliable set. With the audience a mixture of Sims fans and newcomers, the artist had something for everyone, balancing original material with celebrated heavy-hitting covers like Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” and The Eagles’ “Hotel California,” both respectable renditions. Sims’ persona is even-keeled, projecting a healthy dose of confidence without any selfindulgent fanfare. There is room, however, for more audience interaction that would give the crowd a wider window into what informs some of his songwriting or perhaps briefly digressing to share anecdotes to reveal more of what makes him tick. Summary: Sam Sims has his musical chops down, a cohesive backing band and is a more than decent craftsman when it comes to songwriting. He could add dimension and drama to the show by stepping out and connecting more with the audience, offering insights into his life or his songs’ backstory— especially since he is promoting his personal philosophy through music. His work has been licensed by CBS’s Hawaii Five-0 among others and he has new releases coming out soon. – Ellen Woloshin

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Bravo Fucking Bravo, their skills remain up to the task of properly blasting eardrums. Yet focusing on the notes is to miss their compositions, which aim to terrorize with a smile. Barring a solitary use of feedback, little distinguishes them, in either material or performance, from other bands that feature growling and scowling as a primary attribute. While Jake Quarrell’s bass doesn’t vary much, Brian Donovan’s romp-stomping drums really demolish the Devil’s Food cake.

Contact: Web: The Players: Adam Caires, guitar, vocals; Brian Donovan, drums; Darryl Pohas, guitar, vocals; Jake Quarrell, bass, vocals.

Thunderous drumming and attack bass buffets twin guitars and vocal shrieks like banshees tearing organs from their hapless victims. Sudden stops and starts add momentum to their barely 25 minute set. Fast, loud and fun is the primary directive for this thrashy monstrosity.

Material: If such a thing as pop metal exists, this Bostonian quartet embodies it, contra the supposedly bleak nature of their lyrics.

Musicianship: Featuring members who’ve played for the past decade in hardcore bands such as Now Denial, Furnace, Luauo and

Allston, MA

Performance: Besides a verbal name-check at the front of their set, Raw Blow doesn’t offer any branding or self-identification. A screwy sense of humor displayed between songs (and even during mike check) hints at their potential as overall entertainers. Their vocals, meanwhile, could only be described as nigh indecipherable, which might be appropriate considering their slaughterhouse-inspired pedigree. Still, no song leaves their audience with a hook worth throwing horns over. The group’s visual presentation, meanwhile, sparks intrigue without technically offering much. Awesomeness points must be awarded to guitarist Adam Caires’ cascading power dreads. Summary: Our hearts will always find room for intense, earnest rock & roll crushing minds at maximum velocity. Yet it is unlikely audiences will jump fully aboard when it’s presented without a catch or groove that could potentially reach earworm status. That’s the case here, and while Raw Blow have chops, stage presence and pluck, they’re missing the essential ingredients that would elevate them from working band into viral sensation. – Andy Kaufmann

Los Angeles Vegan Beer and Food Festival at the Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA

Material: Lovable Lucy LaForge leads a merry pack of throwback musicians whose relationship with folk is more than a dalliance—it’s a full-on love affair. The effervescent group plays with ease and even slips in a sardonic twist with songs like “Please Don’t Be Evil,” and winks and nods with covers of Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line” and Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love.” These bubblegum renditions are sure to be addictive to fans of Feist and Inara George, and provide easy access to the group’s original material.


Musicianship: LaForge’s baritone ukulele and luscious-yet-campy vocals make comparisons between her and Shirli McAllen—the ukulelewielding frontwoman of retro group Leftover Cuties—almost inevitable. But Lucy & La Mer has undeniable music cred, as Cook (he of L.A. Percussion Quartet note) has a Grammy Award under his belt. Add expert jazz bassist Keenan to the mix, and there’s undeniable talent to be found in Lucy & La Mer.

rockabilly attire: LaForge wearing a peppermintstick pinup dress and her backing band clad in red bowties. That presentation might have worked liked a charm—but, alas, the musicians’ set started shortly after the Rose Bowl doors opened and ended before most of the masses grabbed their first beer. A few dozen onlookers seemed pleasantly satisfied, with many of them snapping their fingers at LaForge’s meek request, but in a just world, there would have been hundreds of fans dancing instead.

Performance: Folky as their sound may be, the band actually came dressed to the vegan fest in

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at Moby concerts. Meanwhile, her band has found its footing through performances at various festivals and at a Sierra Club event attended by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. The musicians’ growing support is evidenced by a Kickstarter campaign that fully funded their first music video and slots as semifinalists at the International Songwriting Competition for newcomers. But while Lucy & La Mer seemingly have the whole package—talent, charisma, ambition—it remains to be seen whether their understated approach can click in an era overrun by social media cliques. – Kurt Orzeck


Contact: Web: The Players: Lucy LaForge, vocals, baritone ukulele; Matthew Cook, percussion; Jon Lee Keenan, bass; Cathlene Pineda, keys; Adam Snider, slide guitar.

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Ventura, CA 93001 805-648-4646 Fax 805-648-4656 E-mail: Web: Contact: April Golden Format: digital and analog Basic Rate: please call for info GOLD STREET Burbank, CA 818-567-1911 E-mail: Web: Contact: Eric Michael Cap Basic Rate: see the website GRANDMASTER RECORDERS LTD. 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028 323-462-6136 E-mail: Web: Contact: Alan Dickson Basic Rate: please call for info GROOVEWORKS 1446 W. 178th St. Gardena, CA 90248 310-403-510 E-mail: Web: Contact: studio manager Basic Rate: please call for info HIT SINGLE RECORDING SERVICES 1935C Friendship Dr. El Cajon, CA 92020 619-258-1080 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call or see web for info

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Directory of U.S. Mastering Studios Web: Basic Rate: Rates Upon Request HYDE ST. STUDIOS 245 Hyde St. San Francisco, CA 94102 415-441-8934 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call or see web IMPERIAL MEDIA SERVICES 3202 Pennsylvania Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404 310-396-2008 E-mail: Web: Services: Retail ready CD, DVD and Blu-ray packages ship within 24-48 Hour Additional location: 5482 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 240 Los Angeles, CA 90036 J.E. SOUND PRODUCTIONS Hollywood, CA 323-850-0765 E-mail: Web: Contact: John Goodenough Basic Rate: please see web or call JOE GASTWIRT MASTERING 4750 Rhapsody Dr. Oak Park, CA 91377 310-444-9904 E-mail: Web: Contact: Joe Gastwirt Basic Rate: please see web or call JUNGLE ROOM RECORDING STUDIOS 604 1/2 Sonora Ave. Glendale, CA 91201 818-247-1991 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please see web or call KEN LEE MASTERING 748 Oakland Ave. Oakland, CA 94611 510-428-9276 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please e-mail KINGSIZE SOUNDLABS Los Angeles, CA 323-533-0022 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: Call for more info LITTLE HIPSTER MUSIC STUDIOS 14557 Leadwell St.

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Van Nuys, CA 91405 818-570-3499 E-mail: Web: Contact: David Snow Basic Rate: please call for info MAMBO SOUND & RECORDING 2200 W. Esther Long Beach, CA 90813 562-432-9676 E-mail: info@ Web: Contact: Steve McNeil Basic Rate: please call for info MAOR APPELBAUM MASTERING – “Sounds With Impact” Woodland Hills, CA 818-564-9276, 818-745-6412 E-mail: Web: Contact: Maor Appelbaum Clients: Faith No More, Yes, Eric Gales, Walter Trout, Ill Nino, Starset, Sepultura, Rob Halford, Yngwie Malmsteen, Lita Ford, Fates Warning, William Shatner, Dokken, Pepper, Butcher Babies, Nekromantix, Cynic, Billy Sherwood, Adrenaline Mob. MARCUSSEN MASTERING 5632 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028 323-463-5300 Fax 323-463-5600 E-mail: info5223@ Web: Contact: Caryl McGowan Basic Rates: please call for info MARSH MASTERING Los Angeles, CA 310-598-6038 Fax 310-598-5685 E-mail: Web: Contact: Stephen or Fernando Basic Rate: Flat rates for unattended sessions, Hourly rates for attended sessions MASTER GROOVE STUDIOS Northridge, CA Nashville, TN 818-830-3822, 615-799-9366 E-mail: Web: Contact: Dave Morse Basic Rate: please call for info, reasonable rates. MAURICE GAINEN PRODUCTIONS 4470 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 177 Hollywood, CA 90027 323-662-3642 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info Credits: Alex Skolnick (Testament,

Trans-Siberian), Andy McKee, Lisa Linehan, Mary Schindler, Trash Wednesday MELROSE MASTERING 5254 Melrose Ave. Hollywood, CA 818-216-5409 E-mail: Web: melrosemusicstudios Basic Rate: please call for info METRO STUDIOS San Fernando Valley, CA 818-366-5588 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info MICHAEL ROMANOWSKI MASTERING 1340 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94103 415-500-2539 E-mail: mastering@ Web: Basic Rate: please call for info MIKE WELLS MASTERING 4470 W. Sunset Blvd., #147 Los Angeles, CA 90027 323-363-2339 E-mail: Web:, Contact: Mike Wells Basic Rate: Please call for rates Notes: Skype: mikewellsmastering M L E STUDIOS P.O. Box 93008 Los Angeles, CA 90093-0008 866-246-8846 E-mail: Web:, Contact: Col. Darryl Harrelson Basic Rate: $45.00/hr or flat rate per song/album small independent multiroom studio specializing in country, Americana and alt country genres. MR. TOAD’S MASTERING 444 Townsend St. San Francisco, CA 94107 888-Mr.Toads (888-678-6237) E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info THE OC RECORDING COMPANY 3100 W. Warner Ave., Ste. 7 Santa Ana, CA, 92704 323-244-9794 E-mail: Web: Contact: Asaf Fulks Credits: Universal Pictures, Disney,

ESPN, LA Clippers, Casio, Kendrick Lamar, Platinum & Grammy Artists Gear: Pro Tools HD 11, Neve 1073, Sony C-800G, Neumann, Aurora, Avalon, Lynx, Dangerous, Focal, SSL OASIS MASTERING 4109 W. Burbank Blvd. Burbank, CA 91505 818-567-0500 Fax 818-567-0599 Web: Basic Rate: please call for info PEARL MUSIC Hollywood, CA 90068 323-851-2279 E-mail: Web: Contact: Richard Zeier Basic Rate: $50/hr. PETTING ZOO STUDIOS Rockridge District of Oakland 415-531-4671 E-mail: Web: Contact: Bernhard Penzias Basic Rate: Indie packages avail. PLANT RECORDING STUDIOS, THE 1001 Bridgeway, Ste. 144 Sausalito, CA 94965 415-332-6100 Fax 415-332-5738 E-mail: Web: Contact: John Cuniberti Basic Rate: please call for info PRAIRIE SUN Box 7084 Cotati, CA 94931 707-795-7011 Fax 707-795-1259 E-mail: Web: Contact: studio manager Basic Rate: please call for info PRECISION MASTERING 1008 N. Cole Ave. Hollywood, CA 90038 323-464-1008 E-mail: Web: Contact: Claudia Lagan Basic Rate: please call for info PRIVATE ISLAND TRAX 1882 S. Cochran Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90019 323-856-8729 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: $65/hour PRODUCTION COMPANY MASTERING & RECORDING STUDIO, THE 673 Valley Dr. Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310-379-6477

Download at E-mail: Web: Contact: Dennis Basic Rate: analog and digital, please call for info PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN’S LOCAL 47 817 N. Vine St. Hollywood, CA 90038 323-462-2161 Web: Contact: Amie Moore Basic Rate: please call for info PYRAM-AXIS DIGITAL Redondo Beach, CA E-mail: Web: Contact: Jim D. Basic Rate: please email for information QUALITY CLONES MASTERING, CD MASTERING & DVD AUTHORING 3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Ste. 405 Studio City, CA 91604 323-464-5853 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info RACE HORSE STUDIOS 3780 Selby Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90034 310-280-0175 Fax 310-280-0176 E-mail: Web: Contact: Duncan Macfarlane Basic Rate: please call for info

RPD STUDIOS 1842 Burleson Ave. Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 805-496-2585 E-mail: Web: Contact: Randy Basic Rate: please call for info SONIC VISION MASTERING & AUDIO PRODUCTION SERVICES 818-269-7087 Web: Contact: Mike Milchner Basic Rate: please call or check website for info SONORA RECORDERS 3222 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039 323-663-2500 E-mail: Web: Contact: Richard or Chad Basic Rate: please call for info SOTTOVOCE STUDIO AND MASTERING North Hollywood, CA 818-694-3052 E-mail: Web: SOUND AFFAIR 2727 S. Croddy Way, Unit G Santa Ana, CA 92704 800-570-6656 Web: Contact: Ron or Andree Basic Rate: please see web for info

RAINBO RECORDS MFG. CORP. 8960 Eton Ave. Canoga Park, CA 91304 818-280-1100 Fax 818-280-1101 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

SOUND BITES DOG Los Angeles, CA 310-621-1896 E-mail: Web: Contact: Hans DeKline Basic Rate: call or check our website

REDRUM STUDIOS E-mail: Web: Contact: Simon or Boi Basic Rate: email for info

SOUNDCASTLE INTERACTIVE STUDIOS 1334 3rd St. Promenade, Ste. 208 Santa Monica, CA 90401 310-394-6014 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please see web for info

RL AUDIO 1646 N. Curson Ave. West Hollywood, CA 90046 323-687-8547 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: see website RODEO PUNK MUSIC Woodland Hills, CA 818-570-1727 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: Please see web or call

SOUND MATRIX STUDIOS 18060 New Hope St. Fountain Valley, CA 92708 714-437-9585 E-mail: Web: Contact: Brandon Forrest Basic Rate: please call or see web for info SOUNDMOVES STUDIOS Burbank, CA

818-848-3393 E-mail: Web: Contact: Michael Woodrum Basic Rate: please call for info STUDIO 5109 1110 N. Western, Ste. 206 Hollywood, CA 90029 213-369-7094 E-mail: Web: Contact: Mike Wolf Basic Rate: please call or see web STUDIO CITY SOUND 4412 Whitsett Ave. Studio City, CA 91604 818-505-9368 E-mail: Web: Contact: studio manager Basic Rate: please call for info

310-566-6677 E-mail: Web: Contact: Michelle Blankenship or Peter Barker Basic Rate: custom rates for indies TIME ART STUDIO Studio City, CA 818-980-2840 Fax 818-760-4385 E-mail: Web: Contact: Darlene Basic Rate: please call for info TOMCAT ON THE PROWL PRODUCTIONS Studio City, CA 91604 818-533-8669 E-mail: Web: Contact: Thomas Hornig Basic Rate: visit website for more info

STUDIOWEST 11021 Via Frontera, Ste. A San Diego, CA 92127 858-592-9497, 858-592-9580 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: call for more info

TRU-ONE STUDIOS 2100 E. Howell Ave., Ste. 208 Anaheim, CA 92806 714-634-4678 Web: Basic Rate: Rooms $16 & $20 per hr.

SULLYSTONE MUSIC Cloverland Studios North Hollywood, CA 91616 818-503-1157 Web: Contact: Billy Sullivan Basic Rate: please call for info

UNITED AVG, INC. 6855 Vineland Ave. North Hollywood, CA 91605 800-247-8606, 818-980-6700 Web: Contact: Steve Katz Basic Rate: call or check website for more information

SUN 7 MUSIC 5303 Inadale Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90043-1543 323-292-1052 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info TECHNOVOICE MASTERING 11739 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604 818-506-7893 E-mail: Web: Contact: Bob Lanzner Basic Rate: please call or e-mail for quote THETA SOUND STUDIO 2219 W. Olive Ave., Ste. 226 Burbank, CA 91506 818-955-5888 E-mail: Web: Contact: Randy or Cyndie Tobin Basic Rate: please call for info THRESHOLD MASTERING 2114 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405

UNIVERSAL MASTERING STUDIOS 3400 Cahuenga Blvd. Building C Hollywood, CA 90068 818-286-6233 E-mail: Web: universalmasteringstudios Contact: Nick Dofflemyer Basic Rate: call for info VESTMAN MASTERING Orange County, CA 714-894-4000 E-mail: Web: Contact: John Vestman or office mgr. Basic Rate: Contact us for hourly rates and package rates for sessions longer than 4 hours. WATERBURY PRODUCTIONS Laurel Canyon and Magnolia Valley Village, CA 818-505-8080 E-mail: Web: Contact: Dave Waterbury Basic Rate: please call for info

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Directory of U.S. Mastering Studios WESTBOUND STUDIOS Los Angeles, CA 310-985-5509 E-mail: Web: Contact: Angelo Basic Rate: please call for info WESTLAKE RECORDING 7265 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046 323-851-9800 E-mail: Web: Contact: Sara Clark Basic Rate: please call for info XTREAM AUDIO MASTERING 888-878-3292 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info ZENMASTERING P.O. Box 231087 Encinitas, CA 92023 858-231-1541 Contact: Paul Abbott Web:

COLORADO AIRSHOW BOULDER STUDIO 3063 Sterling Cir., Ste. 3 Boulder, CO 80301 303-247-9035 Web: Basic Rate: please call for info Additional location: 7014-C Westmoreland Ave. P.O. Box 5692 Tacoma Park, MD 20913 301-891-9035

ASPEN LEAF RECORDING STUDIO P.O. Box 60351 Grand Junction, CO 970-201-6166 E-mail: Web: Contact: Ken Dravis Basic Rate: please call for info AUDIO PARK RECORDING & MASTERING Arvada, CO 80002 303-456-6122 E-mail: Web: AudioParkRecordingStudio Basic Rate: please call for info A/V SERVICES 2432 S. Downing St. Denver, CO 80210 303-777-5950 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info CHERRY SOUND STUDIOS, LLC 1600 Downing, Ste. 120 Denver, CO 80218 303-910-5359 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info COLORADO SOUND STUDIOS 3100 W. 71st Ave. Westminster, CO 80030 303-430-8811 Web: Basic Rate: please call or see website GLOBALSOUND REC. STUDIO 555 Alter St., Unit 19-F Broomfield, CO 80020

303-439-7956 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info QUAM AUDIO PRODUCTIONS Lafayette, CO 720-890-0230 E-mail: Web: Contact: Michael Quam Basic Rate: please call for info SUMMERTOWN STUDIOS S.W. Corner of College & Harmony 4606 S. Mason St. Fort Collins, CO 970-377-8066 E-mail: Web: Contact: Bob Buford Basic Rate: please call for info

CONNECTICUT BEANSTUDIO MASTERING Bridgeport, CT E-mail: Web: Contact: Jim DeSalvo Basic Rate: please call for info ONYX SOUND LAB LLC 56 Cooper St. Manchester, CT 06040 860-436-4581 E-mail: Web: Contact: Adam Gootkin or Peter Kowalczyk Basic Rate: please call for info RVP STUDIOS 221 Bull Hill Ln. West Haven, CT 203-934-7579 E-mail: Web: Contact: Marc Basic Rate: please call for info SUITE AUDIO Clinton, CT 06413 860-664-9499 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info TARQUIN STUDIOS Bridgeport, CT 06604 203-338-0895 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

DELAWARE AUDIOVISIONS 7 Rockford Rd., Ste. 29B Wilmington, DE 19806 302-651-7955

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E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info JAMLAND STUDIO 2326 Empire Dr. Wilmington, DE 19810 302-475-0204 E-mail: Web: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (DC) LISTEN VISION LLC 2622 Georgia Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20001 202-332-8494 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

FLORIDA BIG SHOT MUSIC STUDIOS 658 Douglas Ave., Ste. 1116-1120 Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 407-788-6431 E-mail: Web: BLACK DOG MASTERING STUDIO 3853 Northdale Blvd., Ste. 271 Tampa, FL 33624 818-434-1483 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info EMERALD CITY RECORDING, INC. 105 Dunbar Ave., Ste. A Oldsmar, FL 34677 813-814-1062 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for rates FULLERSOUND INC. 3551 S.W. 116th Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33330 305-556-5537 Fax 954-727-5303 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for rates UPCOMING STUDIO, INC. 601 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Ste. 13 Wilton Manors, FL 33311-0913 954-530-4710 E-mail: Web: NOISEMATCH STUDIOS 169 N.W. 23rd St. Miami, FL 33127 786-334-5382 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: Call for info PROGRESSIVE MEDIA & MUSIC 2116 Southview Ave. Tampa, FL 33606

Download at 813-251-8093 Fax 813-251-6050 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: project rates available call for a quote

GEORGIA GLENN SCHICK MASTERING 750 Ralph McGill Blvd., N.E. Atlanta, GA 30312 404-351-4655 Fax 404-474-1795 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info ODYSSEY STUDIO, THE 198 N. 1st St. Colbert, GA 30628 706-540-1076 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: $50/hr. see web for details SING MASTERING 781 Wheeler St. N.W. Studio 8 Atlanta, GA 30318 404-827-8503 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

HAWAII ISLAND SOUND STUDIOS 377 Keahole St., Ste. D-03 Honolulu, HI 96825 808-393-2021 Fax 808-393-2021 E-mail: Web: Contact: Gaylord Holomalia Basic Rate: please call for info LAVA TRACKS RECORDING P.O. Box 6564


Kamuela, Big Island, HI 808-885-6558 Web: Contact: Charles Michael Brotman, Grammy Award winner Basic Rate: call or check our website for contact info. SEASIDE RECORDING Wailuku, Maui, HI 808-242-2732 Web: Contact: Joel Katz Basic Rate: reasonable rates by the hour, week or job

IDAHO AUDIO MASTERING STUDIO 2365 River Oaks Dr. Nampa, ID 83686 208-965-0621 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: $75 per song (minimum two songs) [or] project discount 7-10 songs, $500 TONIC ROOM, THE 1509 S. Robert St., Ste. 103 Boise, ID 83705 208-338-8433 E-mail:, Web: Basic Rate: see web for info

ILLINOIS ARS STUDIOS Homewood, IL 708-960-0499 Fax 708-960-0497 E-mail: Web:

Basic Rate: please call and ask about our mastering and duplication specials BOILER ROOM, THE 3139 N. Lincoln Ave., Ste. 214 Chicago, IL 60657 773-525-8551 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info CHICAGO MASTERING SERVICE Chicago, IL 773-265-1733 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info DISC MAKERS 560 W. Washington Blvd. #410 Chicago, IL 60661 800-468-9353, 312-661-3450 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

PLAYGROUND RECORDING AND MASTERING STUDIO, THE Chicago, IL 312-455-8265 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: $500/day recording, $65/ hr. mastering STUDIO VMR VITAL MUSIC RECORDING 9039 Monroe Brookfield, IL 60513 780-267-2198 E-mail: Web: Contact: Don Griffin Basic Rate: Call for info

INDIANA APPLEGATE AUDIO VISUAL 5609 Ensenada Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46237 317-782-9948 E-mail: mastering@ Web: Basic Rate: 1-10 songs $200.00

GRAVITY STUDIOS 2250 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 773-862-1880 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: Call for more info MASSIVE MASTERING P.O. Box 68143 Schaumburg, IL 60168 630-237-4393 E-mail: master@massivemastering. com Web: Contact: John Scrip Basic Rate: hourly/project rates on web

LIGHTNING STRUCK STUDIOS 2384 E. Co Rd., 800 S Clayton, IN 46118 317-539-7476 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

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Directory of U.S. Mastering Studios Web: Contact: Kitty Tatman Basic Rate: please see web for info INNER LIGHT RECORDS Iowa City, IA 319-936-1235 E-mail: Web: Contact: Ari Basic Rate: please call for info SKYLINE AUDIO PRODUCTIONS, LLC 6781 Hickman Rd. Urbandale, IA 50322 515-252-6209 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: call for rates TRIAD PRODUCTIONS INC. 1910 Ingersoll Ave. Des Moines, IA 50309 515-243-2125 Fax 515-243-2055 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

KANSAS CORNERSTONE STUDIOS Wichita, KS E-mail: cornerstone@ Web: Contact: Steve Basic Rate: please e-mail for info

KENTUCKY HEAD FIRST MEDIA 729 E. St. Catherine St. Louisville, KY 40217 502-637-1663

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E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

LOUISIANA MASTERDIGITAL CORP. 2614 W. 15th Ave. Covington, LA 70433 504-236-6368 Web: Basic Rate: please call for info MUSIC SHED, THE 929 Euterpe St. New Orleans, LA 70130 504-412-9995 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

MAINE GATEWAY MASTERING STUDIOS 428 Cumberland Ave. Portland, ME 04101 207-828-9400 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info STUDIO, THE 45 Casco St., Ste. 200 Portland, ME 04101 207-772-1222 Fax 207-775-0448 E-mail: Web: Contact: Tim Tierney Basic Rate: call for info

MARYLAND AIRSHOW TAKOMA PARK STUDIO 7014-C Westmoreland Ave. Takoma Park, MD 20912

301-891-9035 Web: Basic Rate: see web for info Additional location: 3063 Sterling Cir., Ste. 3 Boulder, CO 80301 303-247-9035 BACKBEAT RECORDS 16810 Federal Hill Ct. Bowie, MD 20716 301-430-0997 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info DISTROPHONIX LLC 517 Cathedral St Baltimore, MD 21201 443-763-3939 E-mail: Web: Contact: Bryan (Head Mastering Engineer) Basic Rate: $20 a song HIT AND RUN RECORDING 18704 Muncaster Rd. Rockville, MD 20855 301-948-6715 E-mail: Web: Contact: Steve Carr Basic Rate: please call for info JAM HUT RECORDS East Maryland 410-430-2707 E-mail: Web: Contact: Pete Basic Rate: $35/hr.

LION AND FOX RECORDING STUDIOS 9517 Baltimore Ave. College Park, MD 20740 301-982-4431 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info OMEGA RECORDING STUDIOS 5609 Fishers Ln. Rockville, MD 20852 301-230-9100 Web: Basic Rate: 125/hr. (does not include tax or materials) PURE SOUND RECORDING STUDIO Odenton, MD 443-597-8584 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info STUDIO 302 554 N. Frederick Ave. #218 Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Web: Contact: Jeremy Rwakaara Basic Rate: see website for rates

MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON RECORDING STUDIO 131 W. Concord St., Ste. 1 Boston, MA 02118 857-207-2247 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: $80/hr. JP MASTERS Boston, MA 704-779-1043 E-mail:

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MICHIGAN BROADSIDE PRODUCTIONS 901 S. Westnedge Kalamazoo, MI 49008 269-226-0948 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info WATERFALL STUDIOS 11389 S. Forrest Sideroad Dafter, MI 49724 313-674-2740 Web: Basic Rate: please call for info


Royal Oak, MN 48067 248-291-4029 E-mail: Web: CRAZY BEAST N.E. Minneapolis, MN E-mail: Web: Contact: Ben Durrant Basic Rate: please call for info GERRY STINSON AUDIO 3720 Cooper Ave. S. St. Cloud, MN 56301 320-240-9292 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info RARE FORM MASTERING 712 Ontario Ave. W. Minneapolis, MN 55403 612-327-8750 E-mail: Web: Contact: Greg Reierson Basic Rate: please contact for info

MISSISSIPPI MALACO MUSIC GROUP 3023 W. Northside Dr. Jackson, MS 39213 601-982-4522 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info TAPROOT AUDIO DESIGN 355 Co Rd. 102 Oxford, MS 38655 662-236-2167 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

MISSOURI CD MASTERING SERVICES P.O. Box 672 Nixa, MO 65714 417-880-2617 E-mail: Web: Contact: Bob Speer Basic Rate: please call for info FIELD FORCE MEDIA SERVICES 1280 N. Winchester St. Olathe, Kansas, 66061 913-599-1888, 888-599-1888 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info


BOONE PRODUCTIONS 579 Belt Creek Rd. Belt, MT 59412 406-788-0255 E-mail: Web: Contact: Daniel Gliko Basic Rate: please call for info RECORDING EDGE 615 E. Cameron Bridge Rd. Bozeman, MT 59718 406-388-5042 E-mail: Web: Contact: Edd Gryder Basic Rate: please contact for info

NEBRASKA FOCUS MASTERING 14910 Grover St., Ste. 100 Omaha, NE 68144-5445 402-504-9624

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STUDIO 24 8601 N. 30th St. Omaha, NE 68112 402-342-9090 E-mail: Web: Contact: Chuck Beckler Basic Rate: please call for info

BEANSTUDIO CD & DVD MASTERING Wayne, NJ E-mail: Web: Contact: Jim DeSalvo Basic Rate: please email for info

WAREHOUSE PRODUCTIONS 206 S. 44th St. Omaha, NE 68131 402-553-8523 E-mail: Web:

DISC MAKERS 7905 N. Route 130 Pennsauken, NJ 08110 800-468-9353 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info


AUDIO MIX HOUSE 14 Sunset Way Henderson, NV 89014 702-318-6001 Web: Basic Rate: please call for info HGRS AUDIO Las Vegas, NV 702-236-1485, 708-305-3975 E-mail:, Web: Contact: Jeff or Greg Basic Rate: please call for info


ANALOG MASTERING 20 Vine St. Peterborough, NH 03458 603-924-2277

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ED LITTMAN MASTERING 35 Harring Ct. North Haledon, NJ 07508 201-824-7860 Web: Contact: Ed Littman Basic Rate: Available on Website KNACK MASTERING Ringwood, NJ 973-556-5749 E-mail: Web: Contact: Kim Rosen Services: specializes in analog audio mastering for digital & vinyl formats, audio restoration and vinyl and tape transfers SILK CITY RECORDS P.O. Box 1541 Parsippany, NJ 07454 973-599-0237

E-mail: Web: Contact: Andy Allu Basic Rate: call for info STORY BOOK SOUND Maplewood, NJ E-mail: Web: Contact: Scott Anthony, Rebecca Turner SUPREME SOUND STUDIO, INC. 86 Lackawanna Ave., Bldg. 2, Ste. 227 Woodland Park, NJ 07424-2642 973-890-1672 E-mail: Web: Contact: Brian Csencsits Basic Rate: please call for info

NEW MEXICO HIGH FIDELITY MASTERING 13170 Central Ave. S.E., Ste. B251 Albuquerque, NM 87123 505-459-6242 E-mail: Web: Contact: Andy Rogulich Basic Rate: please call for info THUNDER DIGITAL Albuquerque, NM 505-822-8273 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

NEW YORK BANG ZOOM MASTERING P.O. Box 145 Orangeburg, NY 10962 845-398-0723 Web:

Contact: Steve Vavagiakis Services: Analog and Digital Audio Mastering DALE PRO AUDIO 22 W. 19th St. New York, NY 10011 888-462-7828, 212-475-1124 Web: Basic Rate: call for info DISC MAKERS 150 W. 25th St., Ste. #402 New York, NY 10001 800-468-9353 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info ENGINE ROOM AUDIO 42 Broadway, 22nd Fl. New York, NY 10004 212-625-3467 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info KEVORKIAN MASTERING c/o Avatar Studios 441 W. 53 St. New York, NY 10019 917-406-9147, 212-765-7500 E-mail: Web: Contact: Fred Kevorkian LODGE, THE 740 Broadway, Ste. 605 New York, NY 10003 212-353-3895 Fax 212-353-2575 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

Download at MASTERDISK CORP. 260 W. 36 St. New York, NY 10018 212-541-5022 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please see web THRESHOLD MUSIC 212-244-1871 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

MUSIC HOUSE MASTERING 543 Middle Country Rd. Coram, NY 11727 800-692-1210 E-mail: Web: Contact: Michael Dominici, owner Basic Rate: cal for rates

TRUTONE MASTERING LABS INC. 119 Rockland Ctr., Ste. 306 Nanuet, NY 10954 845-680-6490 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

OASIS DISC MANUFACTURING 7905 N. Route 130 Delair, NJ 08110 888-296-2747, 856-661-3893 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

VAULT MASTERING STUDIOS, THE 545 W. 45th St., Studio MD4 New York, NY 10036 212-965-0100 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: contact for a quote tailored to your project.

RIGHT TOUCH MASTERING New York, NY 888-707-6070 Ext. 1 E-mail: Web: Contact: Gordon Bahary Basic Rate: Call for Info

XTREAM AUDIO 888-878-3292 E-mail: Web: Contact: Anthony Casuccio Basic Rate: call for customized quote

SKYELAB MUSIC PRODUCTIONS 244 5th Ave., Ste. S25 New York, NY 10001 212-789-8942 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

NORTH CAROLINA BLUEFIELD MASTERING Raleigh, NC 27606 919-859-0102 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jeff Carroll Basic Rate: please call or e-mail

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Directory of U.S. Mastering Studios Carrboro, NC 27510 919-929-4494 E-mail: Web: Contact: Brent Basic Rate: hourly and track rates available STUDIO B MASTERING 821 Louise Ave. Charlotte, NC 28204 704-372-9661 E-mail: Web: Contact: Dave Harris Basic Rate: please call for info

NORTH DAKOTA BARKING DOG RECORDS P.O. Box 1455 Fargo, ND 58105 E-mail: Web: Contact: Mike and Linda Coates Basic Rate: please e-mail for info MAKOCHE RECORDING COMPANY 208 N. 4th St. Bismarck, ND 58502 701-223-7316 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

OHIO ACOUSTIK MUSIC, LTD. 511 W. College St. Oberlin, OH 44074-1446 440-775-3681 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jimmy Pearson Basic Rate: please call for info

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COMMERCIAL RECORDING STUDIOS INC. 6001 W. Creek Rd. Independence, OH 44131 216-642-1000 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

OKLAHOMA HEARTLAND MASTERING STUDIO 3912 Hatterly Ln. Norman, OK 73072 405-919-7000, 405-360-8136 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info STUDIO SEVEN/LUNACY RECORDS 417 N. Virginia Oklahoma City, OK 73106 405-236-0643 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

OREGON CRAZY DAISY PRODUCTIONS 8540 S.W. Monticello St. Beaverton, OR 97008 541-517-1458 E-mail: Web: DEAD AUNT THELMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S STUDIO 7923 S.E. 13th Ave. Portland, OR 97202 503-235-9693 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

FOSTER MASTERING 4711 S.E. 26th Ave. Portland, OR 97202 503-222-9444 Web: Basic Rate: please call for info FUTURE DISC LLC 15851 N.W. Willis Rd. McMinnville, OR 97128 213-361-0603 Fax 503-472-1951 E-mail: Web: Contact: Steve Hall or Laura Hall Basic Rate: please call for rates or more info SEPTEMBER AUDIO N.W. Irving & 14th Ave. Portland, OR 97209 260-456-5717 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

PENNSYLVANIA CREATIVE SOUND STUDIOS, LLC 5759 Kernsville Rd. Orefield, PA 18069 610-398-9590 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info JEREE RECORDING 1469 3rd Ave. New Brighton, PA 15066 724-847-0111 Web: Basic Rate: please call for info MASTERING HOUSE INC., THE 1002 Ridge Rd. Pottstown, PA 19465

888-876-HOUS, 610-469-1050 Web: Basic Rate: please call for info SI STUDIOS 945 S. Main St. Old Forge, PA 18518 570-457-0147 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info SPEARHEAD AUDIO Pittsburgh, PA 15228 E-mail: Web: Contact: Barak Shpiez Basic Rate: per project basis TREELADY STUDIOS 628 Brown Ave. Turtle Creek, PA 15145 412-816-0300 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please see web

RHODE ISLAND STATIC PRODUCTIONS North Kingstown, RI 02852 401-267-8236 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call or see web

SOUTH CAROLINA SIT N SPIN STUDIOS 730 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Ste. 107 Greenville, SC 29607 864-414-4855 E-mail: Web: Contact: Matt Morgan

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VLADO MELLER MASTERING c/o Truphonic Studios 816 St. Andrews Blvd. Charleston, SC 29407 818-571-2768 E-mail: Web: Contact: Peter Cho

SOUTH DAKOTA PRAIRIE DOG STUDIOS P.O. Box 91016 Sioux Falls, SD 57109 605-361-0939 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

TENNESSEE DAVE TOUGH PRODUCTIONS Nashville, TN 615-554-6693 E-mail: Web: Contact: Dave Basic Rate: $65/hr - specializing in internet mastering DIAMONDISC AUDIO 204 Still Water Cir. Nashville, TN 37221 615-662-6870 E-mail: Web: Contact: Doug Diamond Basic Rate: Mastering Package ‘D’ $30/song DISC MAKERS 1200 Division St., Ste. #102 Nashville, TN 37203 800-468-9353 Fax 856-661-3450 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info EUPHONIC MASTERS Arlington, TN 901-266-6075 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info FOXWOOD MASTERING 108 Foxwood Ln. Franklin, TN 37069 615-297-3929 Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

GEORGETOWN MASTERS AUDIO, LLC 33 Music Sq. W., Ste. 108b Nashville, TN 37203 USA 615-254-3233 Fax 615-254-3237 E-mail: Web: Contact: Shelley Anderson Basic Rate: please call or see web HILLTOP RECORDING STUDIOS 902 Due W. Ave. Nashville, TN 37115 615-865-5272 Web: Contact: John Nicholson INDEPENDENT MASTERING 1312 16th Ave. S. Nashville,TN 37212 615-425-0739 E-mail: Web: JAMSYNC P.O. Box 120969 Nashville, TN 37212 615-320-5050 Fax 615-340-9559 Web: Basic Rate: please call for info MASTERFONICS 28 Music Sq. W. Nashville, TN 37203 615-515-8705 E-mail: Web: Contact: Tommy Dorsey Basic Rate: please call for info MASTERING STUDIO, THE 9 Music Sq. S., Ste. 148 Nashville, TN 615-828-1877 Web: Contact: Luke Basic Rate: please see web MASTERMIX 1921 Division St. Nashville, TN 37203 615-321-5970 Fax 615-321-0764 E-mail: Web: Contact: Ken or Hank Basic Rate: please call for info MAYFIELD MASTERING 2825 Erica Pl. Nashville, TN 37204 615-383-3708 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info NASHVILLE RECORDING STUDIO 19 821 19th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37202 615-327-4927 E-mail:

Web: Basic Rate: please call for info PARLOR STUDIO, THE 1317 16th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37212 615-385-4466 E-mail: Web: Contact: Larry Sheridan THE PLACE...FOR MASTERING 2508 Winford Ave., 2nd Fl. Nashville, TN 37211 615-686-1725 E-mail: Web: Contact: Alex Rockafellar, Studio Mgr. Basic Rate: E-mail your project info to Alex for a free quote. Clients: Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Edwin McCain, Jeff Buckley, James Brown. Indie artists worldwide are welcome. WOLF MASTERING 1024 16th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37212 615-251-9653 E-mail: Web: Contact: Erik Wolf Basic Rate: $85/hr. plus masters YES MASTER STUDIOS 478 Craighead St., #105 Nashville, TN 37204 615-383-1964 E-mail: Web:

TEXAS AMBIENT DIGITAL Houston, TX 888-808-DISC E-mail: Web: Contact: Bob Boyd Basic Rate: please call for an estimate ARCUBE MULTIMEDIA INC. 959 E. Collins Blvd., Ste. 123 Richardson, TX 75081 877-677-9582, 972-267-1800 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info Additional locations: Austin 877-677-9582 Houston 832-573-9444 AUDIO ARTS 817-946-7539 E-mail: Basic Rate: please call for rates

CROWN RECORDS 402 Peoples St., Ste. 3C Corpus Christi, TX 78401 361-882-8881 Web: Basic Rate: please contact for info DES MASTERING 1409 S. Lamar St., Ste. 100 Dallas, TX 75215 214-428-8777 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: see website EAGLE AUDIO RECORDING 911 S. Main St. Fort Worth, TX 76104 817-877-4338 Fax 817-259-1674 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info FORT WORTH SOUND 306 S. Main St. Ft. Worth, TX 76104 817-922-5444 E-mail: Web: Contact: Bart Rose Basic Rate: please call for info JO MUSIK Sunnyvale, TX 75182 972-226-1265 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info MASTERPIECE MASTERING P.O. Box 2909 South Padre Island, TX 78597-2909 956-233-5326, (Austin) 512-289-3428 E-mail: Web:, Contact: Billy Stull Basic Rate: call for rates M MEDIA AUDIO P. O. Box 201475 Austin, TX 78720 512-341-2500 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info NEXUS RECORDING STUDIOS San Antonio, TX 210-639-5266 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jason Hatch Basic Rate: please call for info OTR MASTERING 650-595-8475 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: Please call for info

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Directory of U.S. Mastering Studios SUGARHILL STUDIOS 5626 Brock St. Houston, TX 77023 713-926-4431 E-mail: Web: Contact: Chris Longwood Basic Rate: please call for info TERRA NOVA DIGITAL AUDIO, INC. 5446 Hwy. 290 W., Ste. 270 Austin, TX 78735 512-891-8010 Fax 512-891-8014 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

Salt Lake City, UT 801-815-3202 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

Web: Contact: Todd Washburn Basic Rate: please call for info

VEGAS DISC MASTERING 128 W. 400 N. Cedar City, UT 84721 800-246-5667, 702-735-4283 E-mail: Web: Contact: Tom Parham Basic Rate: call for info

BIG CITY RECORDS Seattle, WA 206-774-8884 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

TAYLOR STUDIOS 818 N. 109th St. Milwaukee, WI 53226 414-771-9999 Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

COUGAR MOUNTAIN STUDIOS Issaquah, WA 425-391-0570 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: $40 per hr.

ULTIMATE AUDIO MASTERING 35 W. Liberty Evansville, WI 53536 608-882-6798 E-mail: Web: Contact: Tom Blain Basic Rate: call for price quote

TOP HAT RECORDING Austin, TX 512-779-8188 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

VICK ENTERTAINMENT 10 W. Broadway, Ste. 701 Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801-755-9966 Fax 866-599-8863 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please call for info

VAULT RECORDING STUDIOS, THE 9135 Katy Fwy., Ste. 1 Houston, TX 77024 713-722-8900 E-mail: Web: Contact: David Williams Basic Rate: please call for info

LITTLE CASTLE STUDIO 802-349-1280 E-mail: Web: Contact: Horace Williams, Jr. Basic Rate: please call for info


WEXTRAX MASTERING LABS McKinney, TX 214-544-1554, 214-585-1692 E-mail: Web: Contact: Rob Wechsler Basic Rate: please call for info

LANE GIBSON 413 Carpenter Rd. Charlotte, VT 05445 802-425-3508 Web:

WIRE ROAD STUDIOS 901 W. 20th St. Houston, TX 77008 713-636-9772 E-mail: Web: Contact: Bill Wade Basic Rate: By request per project

CUE RECORDING STUDIOS 109 Park Ave., Ste. E Falls Church, VA 22046 703-532-9033 E-mail: Web:, Basic Rate: please call for info




WASHBURN MASTERING 325 E. Bay View Blvd., Ste. 205 Norfolk, VA 23503 757-480-5008

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PERFECHTER PRODUCTIONS 509-242-8907 E-mail: Web: Basic Rate: please e-mail for info SEATTLE DISC MASTERING Shoreline, WA 206-368-9220 Web: SYNERGY PRODUCTIONS 958 N. 127th St., Ste. B Seattle, WA 98133 206-364-1070 E-mail: Web:

WEST VIRGINIA HILLTOP RECORDING R.R. 1 Box 334-A LeSage, WV 25537 304-840-2675 Web: Contact: Dave Winters Basic Rate: please call for info ZONE 8 RECORDING 527 Main St. Morgantown, WV 304-599-7332 E-mail:

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WYOMING BALL ADVERTISING GROUP, INC. 355 N. Lincoln St. Casper, WY 82601 307-234-3472 E-mail: Web: Services: digital editing INTEGRATED IMAGING 1743 E. 2nd St. Casper, WY 82601 800-780-3805, 307-266-3805 E-mail: Web: Services: video and audio duplication

INTERNATIONAL XARC MASTERING The Online CD & Vinyl (Pre) Mastering Studio Gompitzer St. 108 Dresden, Saxony 01557 Germany +49 (0) 170 750 22 92 E-mail: Web: Contact: Lorenz Vauck Format: digital and analog, 2 tracks

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ARIZONA KAMP 1570 AM University of Arizona Attn: (Genre of Music You Are Sending) 615 N. Park Ave., #101 Tucson, AZ 85721 520-626-4460 E-mail: Web: Format: free form KXCI 91.3 FM 220 S. 4th Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701 520-623-1000 Ext. 16 Web: Contact: Duncan Hudson Format: eclectic

CALIFORNIA KALX 90.7 FM University of California, Berkeley 26 Barrows Hall, Ste. 5650 Berkeley, CA 94720-5650 510-642-1111 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic KCRH 89.9 FM Chabot College 25555 Hesperian Blvd. Hayward, CA 94545 510-723-6954 E-mail: Web: KCPR 91.3 FM Building 26, Room 301 Cal Poly State University 1 Grand Ave. San Luis Obispo, CA 93407 805-756-5277 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic KCRW 89.9 FM Santa Monica College 1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-450-5183 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jason Bentley Format: eclectic Note: Submissions are all done through the website KCSC Internet Radio California State University, Chico 530-898-6229 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic KCSB 91.9 FM University of California P.O. Box 13401 Santa Barbara, CA 93107-3401 805-893-3757 E-mail:

Web: Format: eclectic KCSN 88.5 FM California State University, Northridge 18111 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA 91330-8312 818-677-3090 E-mail: Web: Contact: Mark Shovel Format: Smart rock Note: Weekend show “Connections” with Nic Harcourt hosts an eclectic mix of progressive and innovative pop, connecting the musical dots between Jack White and Led Zeppelin, Serge Gainsbourg and Beck, Kraftwerk and Air and plenty in between. Nic showcases new and independent talent from across the musical spectrum and features live sessions and interviews with both established and emerging artists. ( KDVS 90.3 FM University of California 14 Lower Freeborn Hall Davis, CA 95616 530-235-6014 E-mail: Web: Contact: Kris Nguyen, Zion CongraveWilson Format: eclectic/freeform KFJC 89.7 FM Foothill College 12345 S. El Monte Rd. Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 650-949-7260 Fax 650-948-1085 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic KJAZZ 88.1 FM California State University, Long Beach 1500 Cotner Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90025 562-985-2999 Contact: Bubba Jackson, Program Dir. E-mail: Web: Format: jazz & blues KLBC.ORG Long Beach City College 4901 E. Carson St. Long Beach, CA 90808 562-938-4800 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic

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KSJS 90.5 FM San Jose State University Hugh Gillis Hall, Rm. 132 San Jose, CA 95192-0094 408-924-5757 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic KSPC 88.7 FM Pomona College Thatcher Music Building 340 N. College Ave. Claremont, CA 91711 909-621-8157 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic/underground music KUCI 88.9 FM University of California, Irvine c/o Music Director P.O. Box 4362 Irvine, CA 92616 949-824-4582 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic KXLU 88.9 FM Loyola Marymount University One LMU Dr., Malone 402 Los Angeles, CA 90045 310-338-5958, 310-338-2866 E-mail: Web: Contact: Christoph Neumann Format: eclectic

KSCU 103.3 FM Santa Clara University 500 El Camino Real, Ste. 3207 Santa Clara, CA 95053 Attn: Music Department 408-554-4907 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic

KRCC 91.5 FM Colorado College 912 N. Weber St. Colorado Springs, CO 80903 719-473-4801 Web: Format: eclectic KVCU 1190 AM University of Colorado Campus Box 207 Boulder, CO 80309 303-492-7405 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic

CONNECTICUT WESU 88.1 FM Wesleyan University 45 Broad St., 2nd Fl. Middletown, CT 06457 860-685-7703 E-mail: Web: Format: free form

KZSC 88.1 FM University of California, Santa Cruz 1156 High St. Santa Cruz, CA 95064 831-459-2811, 831-459-4036 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic

WNHU-88.7 FM University of New Haven 300 Boston Post Rd. West Haven, CT 06516 203-479-8805 E-mail: Blane@nehaven.ed Web: Format: eclectic

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KGNU 88.5 FM & 1390 AM 4700 Walnut St. Boulder, CO 80301 303-449-4885 Web: Format: eclectic

WHUS 91.7 FM University of Connecticut Student Union Building, Room 412 2110 Hillside Rd., Unit 3008R Storrs, CT 06269-3008 860-486-4007 E-mail: Web:, Format: eclectic University of California, Los Angeles Ackerman Grand Ballroom 310-825-9105, (business line) 310-825-6955 E-mail: Web: Format: college/eclectic

KSBR 88.5 FM Saddleback Community College Student Services Center, Room 223 28000 Marguerite Pkwy.

LSC Box 13 Fort Collins, CO 80523 970-491-1695 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic

KXSC 1560 USC 3607 Trousdale Parkway TCC B3 MC 3109 Los Angeles, CA 90089-3109 213-740-1486 E-mail: Web: Format: independent eclectic

KZSU 90.1 FM Stanford University P.O. Box 20510 Stanford, CA 94309 650-725-4868 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic

KOHL 89.3 FM Ohlone Community College 43600 Mission Blvd. Fremont, CA 94539 510-659-6221 Fax 510-659-6001 Web:


Mission Viejo, CA 92692 949-582-4228 E-mail: Web: Format: Jazz, Chill, Electronica



WRTC 89.3 FM Trinity College 300 Summit St. Hartford, CT 06106 860-297-2439 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic WWUH 91.3 FM University of Hartford 200 Bloomfield Ave. West Hartford, CT 06117 860-768-4703 E-mail: Web: Format: world, women’s, folk, polka, jazz, alt, classical, bluegrass, news, film, opera

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GEORGIA WRAS 88.5 FM Georgia State University P.O. Box 4048 Atlanta, GA 30302-4048 404-413-1630 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic WREK 91.1 FM Georgia Tech Student Radio 350 Ferst Dr. N.W., Ste. 2224 Atlanta, GA 30332-0630 404-894-2468 E-mail: Web: Contact: Music Director Format: eclectic WUOG 90.5 FM The University of Georgia 102 Tate Student Center Athens GA, 30602 706-542-4567 E-mail: Web: Contact: Brett Bennett, Trevor Adams Format: eclectic

HAWAII KTUH 90.3 FM University of Hawai’i 2445 Campus Rd. Hemenway Hall, Ste. 203 Honolulu, HI 96822 808-956-7261 E-mail: Web: Format: all genres

IDAHO KUOI 89.3 FM University of Idaho Student Union Building, 3rd Fl. Campus Box 444272 Moscow, ID 83844-4272 208-885-6433 E-mail: Web: Contact: Eric Marsh, Music Dir. Format: eclectic

ILLINOIS RADIO DEPAUL DePaul University 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Ste. 317 Chicago, IL 60614 773-325-7341 E-mail: radiodepaulmanagment@ Web: Format: eclectic WESN 88.1 FM Wesleyan University P.O. Box 2900 Bloomington, IL 61702 309-556-2634 E-mail: Web: Format: free-form WCRX 88.1 FM Columbia College Chicago 33 E. Congress Pkwy.

Chicago, IL 60605 312-663-3512 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic WHPK 88.5 FM Reynolds Club 5706 S. University Ave. Chicago, IL 60637 773-702-8424 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic WZND 106.1 FM Illinois State University 007 Fell Hall Normal, IL 61790-4481 309-438-5491 E-mail: Web: Format: R&B and alt. rock

INDIANA WFHB 91.3 & 98.1 FM 108 W. Fourth St. Bloomington, IN 47404 812-202-6397 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic WGRE 91.5 FM DePauw University 609 S. Locust St. Greencastle, IN 46135 765-658-4643 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic WSND 88.9 FM Notre Dame O’Shaughnessy Hall, 4th Fl. University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 46556 574-631-7342, 574-631-4069 E-mail: Web: Format: classical

IOWA KRUI-89.7 FM University of Iowa 379 Iowa Memorial Union Iowa City, IA 52242 319-335-7215 E-mail: Web: Contact: Music Director Format: various rock/electronic/hip-hop, CMJ reporting

KANSAS KJHK-90.7 FM University of Kansas 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. Lawrence, KS 66045 785-864-4745 E-mail: Web: Contact: Kayci Lineberger, Music Dir. Format: eclectic KSDB 91.9 FM Kansas State University 105 Kedzie Hall Manhattan, KS 66506-4701 785-532-0919 E-mail: Web: Contact: Eric Nehm, Station Mgr. Format: alternative/hip-hop

MARYLAND WGTS 91.9 FM Columbia Union College 7600 Flower Ave. Takoma Park, MD 20912 301-891-4200, 800-700-1094

Web: Format: Christian

MASSACHUSETTS BIRN - Internet Radio MS-150, Berklee College of Music 1140 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02215 617-747-8538 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic WCFM 91.9 FM WCFM Williamstown 91.9 FM Paresky Ctr. Williamstown, MA 01267 413-597-2373, 413-597-2197 (DJ) E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic WERS 88.9 FM Emerson College 120 Boylston St., 4th Fl. Boston, MA 02116 617-824-8084 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic WHRB 95.3 FM Harvard College 389 Harvard St. Cambridge, MA 02138-3900 617-495-9472 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic WMBR 88.1 FM Mass. Institute of Technology 3 Ames St. Cambridge, MA 02142 617-253-4000 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic WMFO 91.5 FM Tufts University P.O. Box 53065 Medford, MA 02155 617-627-3800 Web: Format: eclectic WMUA 91 FM University of Massachusetts 105 Campus Center Amherst, MA 01003 413-545-2876 E-mail: Web: Contact: Chloe Doyle, Music Dir. Format: eclectic, college, public, noncommercial, etc. WTBU 640 AM/89.3 FM Boston University 640 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215 617-353-6400 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic

MICHIGAN WCBN 88.3 FM University of Michigan 515 Thompson St. Student Activities Bldg. Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316 734-763-3501 E-mail: Web: Format: free form WDBM 89 FM Michigan State University G-4 Holden Hall 234 Wilson Rd. East Lansing, MI 48825 517-884-8989

E-mail: Web: Format: alt-rock WDET 101.9 FM Wayne State University 4600 Cass Ave. Detroit, MI 48201 313-577-4146 Fax 313-577-1300 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic WKAR 90.5 FM Michigan State University Communication Arts & Sciences Bldg. 404 Wilson Rd., Room 212 East Lansing, MI 48824 517-884-6990 E-mail: Web: Format: new age, world, folk, classical

MISSOURI KCOU 88.1 FM 2500 MU Student Center Columbia, MO 65201 972-207-6715 E-mail: Web: Contact: Evan Campbell, Music Dir. Format: alt. rock KMNR 89.7 FM University of Missouri 218 Havener Center Rolla, MO 65409 573-341-4272 E-mail: Web: Format: free form KWUR 90.3 FM Washington University Campus Box 1205 One Brookings Dr. St. Louis, MO 63105 314-935-5952 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jerik Leung, Music Dir. Format: eclectic

NEW JERSEY WBZC 88.9 FM Burlington County College 601 Pemberton Brown Mills Rd. Pemberton, NJ 08068 609-894-9311 Ext. 1784 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jason Varga, Program Director Format: indie rock WFMU 91.1 FM P.O. Box 2011 Jersey City, NJ 07303-2011 201-200-9368 Web: Contact: Brian Turner, Station Director Format: eclectic WPRB 103.3 FM 30 Bloomberg Hall Princeton University Princeton, NJ 08544 609-258-1033 E-mail: Web: Contact: Harrison Waldon, Program Dir. Format: rock, folk, jazz, blues, classical WRSU 88.7 FM Rutgers University 126 College Ave. New Brunswick, NJ 08901 732-932-7802 Ext. 12 E-mail: Web: Contact: Geoff Pape, Music Dir. Format: eclectic WTSR 91.3 FM The College of New Jersey October 2015


Directory of College / Indie Radio P.O. Box 7718 Ewing, NJ 08628 609-771-2420 E-mail: Web: Format: college, metal, folk, blues

NEW MEXICO KUNM 89.9 FM University of New Mexico MSCO6 3520, Onate Hall 1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001 505-277-5615, 877-277-5615 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic

NEW YORK WBAR 87.9 FM Barnard College 3009 Broadway New York, NY 10027-6598 212-854-4773 E-mail: Web: Contact: various depending on genre Format: free-form, non-commercial

585-275-9787 E-mail: Web: Format: AAA, eclectic WVKR 91.3 FM Vassar College Box 726 124 Raymond Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0726 845-437-5476 E-mail: Web: Contact: Brendon Kiernan, James Fast Format: eclectic

NORTH CAROLINA WKNC-88.1 FM North Carolina State University 343 Witherspoon Student Center Campus Box 8607, Ste. 343 Raleigh, NC 27695-8607 919-515-2401 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jake Phillips Format: eclectic

WDWN 89.1 FM Cayuga Community College 197 Franklin St. Auburn, NY 13021 315-255-1743 Ext. 2282 E-mail: Web: Format: college alternative

WRVS 89.9FM Elizabeth State University 1704 Weeksville Rd. Elizabeth City, NC 27909 252-335-3517 Ext. 3, 800-868-4491 E-mail: Web: Contact: Randy Jones, Program Dir. Format: jazz, R&B, gospel

WFUV 90.7 FM Fordham University 441 E. Fordham Rd. Bronx, NY 10458-9993 718-817-4550 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic

WXDU 88.7 FM Duke University P.O. Box 90689 Durham, NC 27708 919-684-2957 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic

WICB 91.7 FM Ithaca College 92 WICB 118 Park Hall Ithaca, NY 14850 607-274-3217 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic

WXYC 89.3 FM University of North Carolina CB 5210 Carolina Union Chapel Hill, NC 27599 919-962-8989 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jonathan Woollen Format: eclectic

WNYU 89.1 FM 5-11 University Pl. New York, NY 10003 212-998-1658 E-mail: Web: Contact: Tyler Maxin Format: eclectic

WBWC 88.3 FM 275 Eastland Rd. Berea, OH 44017 440-826-7486 Web: Format: alt-rock

WRHU-88.7 FM Hofstra University 111 Hofstra University 127 Dempster Hall Hempstead, NY 11549 516-463-6773 E-mail: Web: Contact: Bernie Dennier, Station Mgr. Format: eclectic WRPI 91.5 FM Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1 WRPI Plaza Troy, NY 12180-3590 518-276-2648 E-mail: Web: Contact: Alex Gemmell, Head Music Dir. Format: eclectic WRUR 88.5 FM University of Rochester P.O. Box 30021 Rochester, NY 14614

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WCSB 89.3 FM 3100 Chester Ave., 4th Fl. Cleveland, OH 44115 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jack Curran Format: free form WYSO 91.3 FM Antioch University Midwest 150 E. S. College St. Yellow Springs, OH 45387 937-767-1383 E-mail: Web: Contact: Niki Dakota, Music Dir. Format: eclectic

OREGON KLC RADIO Lewis & Clark 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Rd. Portland, OR 97219 503-768-7104

E-mail: Web: life/klc_radio KPSU 98.1 FM Portland State University P.O. BOX 751 Portland, OR 97207 503-725-4071 E-mail: Web: Contact: Lanny Lieu Format: eclectic KWVA 88.1 FM University of Oregon P.O. Box 3157 Eugene, OR 97403 541-346-0645 E-mail: Web: Contact: Taylor Jones, Andrew Rogers Format: eclectic

PENNSYLVANIA WCLH 90.7 FM Wilkes University 84 W. S. St. Wilkes Barre, PA 18701 570-408-2908 E-mail: Web: Contact: Kristen Rock Format: eclectic WERG 90.5 FM Gannon University 109 University Sq. Erie, PA 16541 814-459-9374 E-mail: Web: Contact: Sam Griswold, Music Director Format: eclectic WFSE 88.9 FM Fighting Scots Radio Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Earley Hall 814-732-2889 Web: Format: alt-rock WKDU 91.7 FM Drexel University 3210 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104 215-895-2082 Web: Format: free form WPTS 92.1 FM University of Pittsburgh 411 William Pitt Union 3959 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15260 412-383-9787 E-mail: Web: Contact: Max Datner Format: eclectic

TENNESSEE WMTS 88.3 FM Middle Tennessee State University 1301 E. Main St., Box 58 Murfreesboro, TN 37132 615-898-5051 E-mail: Web: Contact: David Lannom Format: eclectic WRVU 91.1 FM Vanderbilt University P.O. Box 9100, Station B Nashville, TN 37235 615-322-7625 E-mail: Web: Contact: Nick Kline Format: eclectic WUTK 90.3 FM University of Tennessee, Knoxville P105 Andy Holt Tower Knoxville, TN 37996 865-974-2229 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic

TEXAS KSAU 90.1 FM Stephen F. Austin State P.O. Box 13048 Nacogdoches, TX 75962 936-468-4000 Web: Contact: Joey Sepniewski, Station Mgr. Format: eclectic KTCU 88.7 FM Box 298020 Fort Worth TX 76129 817-257-7631 E-mail: Web: Format: classical, modern rock, Americana KTRU 91.7 FM MS506 Rice University, MS 506 Houston, TX 77251-1892 Web: Format: eclectic KVRX 91.7 FM Student Radio c/o UT P.O. Box D Austin, TX 78713-7209 512-495-5879 E-mail: Web: Contact: Corey Hill Format: eclectic


WRCT 88.3 FM 1 WRCT Plaza 5000 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-621-9728 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic

KAOS 89.3 FM The Evergreen State College 2700 Evergreen Parkway, CAB 101 Olympia, WA 98505 360-867-5267 E-mail: Web: Contact: Nicki Thompson, Music Director

WQHS University of Pennsylvania Hollenback Center 504 3000 S. St. Philadelphia PA 19104 215-898-3500 E-mail: Web: Format: eclectic

KCWU 88.1 FM Attn: Music Department KCWU_FM Radio, MS: 7594 CWU, SURC Room 120 400 E. University Way, STOP 7594 Ellensburg, WA 98926-7594 509-963-2282 Web: Format: eclectic

Download at SATELLITE RADIO SIRIUSXM, SIRIUS, XM SATELLITE RADIO Attn: Music Programming Department 1221 Ave. of the Americas New York, NY 10020 866-601-6296 Web:

INDIE RADIO COMMON NONSENSE on Live 365 New Orleans, LA E-mail: Web: www.commonnonsenseradio. com FEARLESS RADIO 2341 S. Michigan Ave., Ste. 3F Chicago, IL Web: INDIE 103.1 FM 5700 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 250 Los Angeles, CA 90036 323-900-6100 E-mail: Web: Contact: Penelope Wakeman, Station Mgr. iRADIO LA – INDIE 104 P.O. Box 1403 Covina, CA 91722 E-mail: Web: RADIOINDY.COM P.O. Box 93492 Phoenix, AZ 85070 E-mail: Web: SONGPLANET.COM E-mail: Web:

INDIE PROMOTERS AIRPLAYONLY See AIRPLAY ACCESS ALL ACCESS MUSIC GROUP 28955 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. 210 Malibu, CA 90265 310-457-6616 Fax 310-457-8058 E-mail: Web: Contact: Joel Denver Styles/Specialties: Top 40 / mainstream, top 40 / rhythm crossover, alternative, rock, country, Hot AC, rock, contemporary Christian, urban, urban AC ALL ACCESS MUSIC GROUP 1222 16th Ave., S., Ste. 25

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BACKSTAGE ENTERTAINMENT 310-325-2800 E-mail: Web: Contact: Paul Loggins Styles/Specialties: specializing in Top 40, adult contemporary, country, rap/R&B, rock and college national radio campaigns BILL WENCE PROMOTIONS P.O. Box 39 Nolensville, TN 37135 615-776-2060 Web: Contact: Bill Wence Styles/Specialties: Americana/AAA/ college/acoustic/roots. Specializing in independent artists, radio interviews, tours. *Unsolicited material accepted BRYAN FARRISH RADIO PROMOTION 1828 Broadway, 2nd Fl. Santa Monica, CA 90404 310-998-8305 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: All except classical EVOLUTION PROMOTION 7 Arlene Ave. Wilmington, MA 01887 978-658-3357 E-mail: Web: FLANAGAN’S RADIO & RETAIL PROMOTIONS 323-876-7027 E-mail: submissions@ Web: Styles/Specialties: college radio, commercial radio, retail promotion, other INDIE 11054 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 333 Studio City, CA 91604 818-505-1836 E-mail: Web:

LOGGINS PROMOTION 2530 Atlantic Ave., Ste. C Long Beach, CA 90806 310-325-2800 E-mail: Web: Contact: Paul Loggins, Paola Franco, John Stevens, Laurent Stoeckli Styles/Specialties: all styles and genres RUFFSOUNDS 310-418-2818 E-mail: Web: Contact: Marko Babineau, Austin Keyes Styles/Specialties: rock, active rock, modern rock, see website for new phone numbers *No unsolicited material NATIONAL RECORD PROMOTION 137 N. Larchmont Blvd., Ste. 500 Los Angeles, CA 90004 323-658-7449 E-mail: Web:, Contact: Larry Weir PINCH HIT ENTERTAINMENT 2400 W. Carson, Ste. 223 Torrance, CA 90501 310-791-7617 E-mail: Web: Contact: Mike Naylor Styles/Specialties: guitar-oriented rock, pop, specializing in national radio promotion, distribution and press campaigns PIRATE! 145 Columbia St. Cambridge MA 02139 617-256-8709 E-mail: Web: Contact: Steve Theo Additional location: San Francisco Contact Douglas Blake 617-571-8043

P.O. Box 52116 Boston, MA 02205 617-517-4198 FLANAGAN PROMOTIONS 323-876-7027 E-mail: submissions@ Web: Contact: Jon Flanagan Styles/Specialties: AAA, modern rock, commercial & college radio and retail promotions HOWARD ROSEN PROMOTION 1129 Maricopa Hwy., #238 Ojai, CA, 93023 805-382-2200 E-mail: Web: Contact: Howard Rosen Styles/Specialties: CHR/Top 40, AC, Hot AC, AAA, Alternative Specialty, Mainstream Rock, Modern AC, College for artists of all label sizes including Independent. We also do Social Media, Videos, Production and Song Placement. PINNACLE MANAGEMENT, MARKETING AND PROMOTION LLC 1129 Maricopa Hwy., #238 Ojai, CA, 93023 E-mail: pinnaclemanagement212@ Specialties: Management, Marketing and Promotion TIM SWEENEY & ASSOCIATES 31805 Hwy. 79 S., Ste. 551 Temecula, CA 92592 951-303-9506 E-mail: Web: Contact: Tim Sweeney Styles/Specialties: all styles For hundreds more contacts from current directories (managers, producers, engineers, agents, vocal coaches, publicity, labels, merch, promotion, duplication, social media, recording studios, rehearsal studios, mastering studios, publishers, film/TV and more), visit our website: industry-contacts

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Maximize Your Radio Promotion Radio Promotion is the process of soliciting your music to radio stations to get airplay, to build professional relationships and to make fans. College radio stations, commercial specialty shows (the “locals only” type shows on commercial stations at the end of the week), web radio stations and satellite radio stations are all great places for independent musicians to promote their music. What follows is a dozen tips that can help you to maximize your next radio promotion campaign. 1. Create a Contact List: Create a target station list of all radio mediums by using Radio-Locator (, Indie Bible (indiebible. com), Live365 ( and, of course, Music Connection magazine ( Write down the station name, show name, DJ, submission policy, “call time” (the time the DJ accepts calls) and email. 2. Prepare the Materials: Prepare the proper materials for your campaign including a broadcast quality master (CD or MP3), a “one sheet” that includes important information (such as your name, picture, brief bio and your accomplishments) and a short note or cover letter or email indicating your objectives for sending your music. 3. Follow Up: Call or email the station one week after sending your music to see if they received it and ask for feedback. Be prepared to call back or write repeatedly to reach the DJ or music director. Also be patient and be extremely nice. This is a very important step in the process. 4. Send a “Thank You” Note: If your music gets played, send the DJ a “Thank You” card for adding your music, and let him/her know that you really appreciate his/her support. 5. Ask for Testimonials: Request positive quotes from the DJ about your music to use in your promotional packets and websites. A testimonial that reads: “Jason Bentley of KCRW calls us the next big thing!” can look quite impressive in a bio posted on your website. 6. Schedule an Interview: Schedule live station interviews and station performances. I have found college radio stations particularly interested in interviewing new local bands. The promotion generated from such a visit may even lead to performing live at one of the school’s upcoming events. 7. Offer Giveaways: Offer records, merchandise and concert tickets that the DJ can give away on his/her show. I have found web and college radio station DJs totally open to doing this. Giveaways can help spread

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the word of mouth about your band and help get a few more people to your shows. 8. Send Station IDs: Send in pre-recorded “station identifications” (e.g., “This is John Doe and you’re listening to KXLU.”). DJs typically get a kick out of station IDs and will often play them while on air. The more times that your name is mentioned, the greater your brand recognition. 9. Record a Station Drop: You can provide stations with pre-recorded “station drops” (where you re-mix a song to include a specific station’s call letters or DJ’s name). While this is an older example, I can’t forget when Nelly dropped his song “Hot in Here” for Power 106 in Los Angeles, re-wording the line: “Got Off The Freeway, Exit 106 and parked it” to something like “Got Off Freeway 101, Exit Power 106 and rocked it.” The DJs loved it so much, they played the song two times in a row on their morning show. 10. Invite the DJ: Invite the DJ to your shows as a guest. I remember the Los Angeles indie band Death To Anders telling me about how cool Kat Corbett of KROQ’s Locals Only was when they approached her in a Silver Lake club and asked her to come out to their show. Hey, sometimes you just have to put yourself out there and ask. 11. Ask the DJ to MC a Show: Should you be able to get a local DJ to take you up on your offer to come out to your show, you might even pitch them one step further––to come up on stage and introduce your band. This can immediately boost your credibility. 12. Get Fans To Call: Ask your fans to listen to the station and to inquire about your music when they hear it. Just be sure that this is done organically (meaning that your fans don’t call non-stop for one day requesting your single and then stop. The station will know that you put your fans up to it and may even become annoyed with you). Overall, remember that your promotional goals for radio should be to form long-term relationships that can lead to other promotional opportunities. DJs and other radio personnel are known to refer bands to important contacts, like other radio DJs, local club bookers and owners of mom-and-pop retail stores. They also go on to work at commercial stations, and this might be an “in” for you down the road. I call this creating the “clique of the future” and sealing your fate. As English author Samuel Butler once said, “The future is purchased by the present.” Cheers and good luck. BOBBY BORG is the author of Music Marketing For The DIY Musician: Creating and Executing a Plan of Attack On A Low Budget (September 2014). Full of great tips, the book is available on the Hal Leonard website under “Trade Books,” (ISBN: 9781480369528); AMAZON; or Bobby Borg (

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